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RADER, WILLIS VERNE
RADER, Willis Verne, age 88, passed away on Dec. 17, 2009, in Lancaster, Calif. Willis was born Sept. 20, 1921, in Minneapolis, Minn. After 8 years he immigrated to Oregon, where he finished all schooling. He moved to California in 1940, settling in the San Gabriel Valley. He was drafted into the Army Air Force in September of 1942, and served for 38 months as ground-to-air radio operator in the pacific theater, especially in Hawaii and the Philippines. He was discharged from the Air Force in Nov. 1945. In 1948, Willis bought an acre of raw land of Quartz Hill, and over the years developed into a tree-filled small park as a permanent home. Also, in September of 1948, he was hired by the California Institute of Technology as an applied physics lab specialist, mostly at Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. He retired from Caltech in September 1986, after 38 years. He spent 47 years registered with the Boy Scouts of America in a variety of positions, most of the time in the San Gabriel Valley, commuting to his Quartz Hill Home on weekends and vacations. Willis was very proud of the fact that he was a Son of the American Revolution where he was a fourth great-grandson to Captain Thomas Nutter the founder of Nutters Fort in 1772, in West Virginia. Left to cherish his memory are his sister, Helen Hellyer and niece Melanie Temmer. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at Calvary Main Mausoleum Chapel, 4201 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, Calif., with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements Entrusted to Halley-Olsen-Murphy, Lancaster. www.halleyolsenmurphychapels.com

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