Don Dean Schrader

LAKESIDE — Don Dean Schrader, 87, of Lakeside passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at his home.

Cremation has taken place and the family will be remembering him privately. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice at Home, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or Shriners Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60707. Online condolences accepted at

Don was born April 7, 1929 in Lakeside, and lived on East Road his entire life. He was the son of the late Frank and Maude (Wire) Schrader. On August 18, 1945 he married Audrey Hamann in New Buffalo. Don owned and operated Schrader’s Septic Service and was a founding member of the New Buffalo Rod and Gun Club. He also built homes, did masonry work, and at one time ran a garbage route. Don was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed spending time in his vegetable garden. Don was a member of Lakeside United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years Audrey; a daughter: Peggy Jo (Allen) Cowgill of Michigan City; three sons: Rex (Dixie) Schrader, Kirk (Janet) Schrader and Don (Charlotte) Schrader; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Don was also preceded in death by two sisters: Jude Hayes and Marge Slater.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Boyd Chapel of Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy., Bridgman.

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