David A. Rader - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

David A. Rader

June 14, 1964 - October 28, 2023

David A. Rader, age 59, of North East, MD, passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2023.

Born in Detroit, MI, on June 14, 1964, he was a son of the late S.A. “Red” and R. Nylene (Haskett) Rader. David was employed by IKEA as a forklift operator for the last 10 years.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking and geocaching with his wife. David appreciated the beauty of nature and was a talented, amateur photographer. He was a true motorcycle enthusiast and took many trips along with his wife.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Dale Dowdell; sister-in-law, Christine Dowdell; and his beloved American Foxhound, Coleman. He is survived by his loving wife, Sherry L. (Dowdell) Rader; siblings, Eddie Rader (Wendi) and Cheryl Rader; step children, John Davis (Stacey), Shane Davis (Shannon), and Susan Hagan (Chris); mothers-in-law, Margaret Dowdell and Connie Dowdell; and numerous grandchildren, step grandchildren, and close family friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Friday, November 3, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in David’s memory may be made to CompAnimals Pet Resue by clicking here.


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9 Condolences for David A. Rader

  • Sorry to hear this sad news. I’ve had some good talks with Dave at work. I’ll miss you my friend.
    May God give your family the strength to get through this time of mourning.

  • Sherry,
    I know words cannot comfort your loss. My most sincere condolences for the loss of your husband. May the good memories you enjoyed together fill the void he is leaving. He will always be with you. 💖

  • I will always cherish the last message I got from David, It simply said , I love you Aunt Louise, Ronnie and Ricky.

  • Miss are talking about motorcycles we bought ours same year and still riding 20 years later. Here’s my love to wife . He will be missed.

  • I do not believe I ever met David in person, however, I do know Sherry, for many years. I am sorry to hear of David’s passing. I so enjoyed reading the posts of your adventures together. May God bless you and your family during this time of mourning and remembering David.

  • I have only known David a short time I will always remember him. A riding brother that traded his wheels for wings . Fly High my friend.

  • he was a good man with good values.

  • Sherry,

    I am so sorry to hear about this. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your husband. I can’t imagine how that must be, but I’m glad you and he shared so many good times and memories together.

  • Dave is one of the most wonderful souls I have known. In a work environment
    that has had thousands of employees, he is only one of two people that I ever
    regarded as a friend. I’ll always remember our late night chats about 70’s rock
    music, good Irish beer, and the great scenic hiking trails throughout northern
    Maryland that we trekked upon. All of my love and prayers to the Rader family.

    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and
    ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

    Matthew 11:28-30