He was raised in Harlingen, Texas and was a 1957 graduate of Harlingen High School. While in high school he went to work for United Printing, where he was employed for 17 years. He began his 30-year career with Amoco Production Company in 1969. In 1976, he was transferred to the Piney Woods of East Texas and lived in the Longview/White Oak area until the time of his death.
Gramps, as he was affectionately called by most, lived a great life and loved the outdoors. If you met Gramps, you loved Gramps. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a proud member of the White Oak Bass Club where he served as treasurer. He had the opportunity of a lifetime when he went to Brazil and fished on the Amazon River. He enjoyed many hobbies, including bowling and golfing. He took great pride in maintaining a beautiful yard.
Of all the things Gramps enjoyed in life, his greatest love was his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He tolerated his wife, Janice, for 62 years .
He is survived by his wife, Janice; his three children - Pamela (Johnny) Carey; Jimmy (Melonie) Mills, Amy (Kim) Mills; four grandchildren - Adam (Marissa) Carey, Laura (Ross) Smith, Andy (Sarah) Carey, and Madison (Brandon) Copeland; seven great grandchildren - Sadie, Isla, John Dalton, JT, Josslyn, James and June. He is also survived by his brother Charles (Virginia) Mills and sister Carol (Gary) Taylor, sister-in-law Sandra Williams, many nieces and nephews, and his loyal companion Jackson.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the (Old) White Oak Cemetery. The Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. An online guestbook may be signed at www.raderfh.com.