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Preston E. Rader

September 6, 2009
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Preston Eugene Rader, 61, of Vienna died Sept. 5, 2009, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Parkersburg, to Ernest and Edith Lemley Rader and grandparents, Otto and Stella Enoch Rader and Harold and Blanche Stoops Lemley of Vienna.

He is survived by his brothers and sister, William A. Rader and wife, Shirley, Michael A. Rader, Melanie Rader Huffman and husband, Paul, and John Mark Rader and wife, Dee; and many nieces and nephews.

He graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, W.Va., with a major in education, history and teaching. Preston student-taught at Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport, W.Va., and assisted with coaching and other activities. After college, he taught school for a short time, then relocated to Columbus, Ohio, and worked for Small Loan Finance. He returned to West Virginia, obtained his master's degree and worked at West Virginia University in Morgantown and returned to Parkersburg to work at Parkersburg Community College (WVU-P). He supervised WVU-P Purchasing, the Mini Gym and athletic training programs. As the school developed, he created an inventory system for the college that was later adopted by the State of West Virginia for Higher Education and State Government.

Preston moved to Richmond, Va., for a short time and worked for a major retail store, Thalhimer's Department Store, later a Pontiac Dealership and later NAPA Auto Parts. He returned to Vienna/Parkersburg and was employed by a manufacturing company in Marietta in 1991. Preston was involved in an industrial accident, which contributed to him developing Multiple Sclerosis. He managed to live independently while battling all of the complications of MS. His Christian faith and convictions were a blessing to him and others. He has worked closely with local, county, state and national government officials to address the support needs of those with MS.

He was a member of the Vienna Baptist Church where in the late 1960's he and his family helped to build the educational wing. Preston was also very active in the VBC youth group and Sunday School.

Preston loved PHS and WVU Mountaineer sports and tracked them closely. He also worked with the 35th and 40th PHS Class Reunion Committee.

Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg with Dennis Pratt officiating. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Sunset Memory Gardens.

Donations may be made to the Vienna Baptist Church Homebound Video Project, 3401 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, WV 26105.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at



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