Homer resident Robin Edward Rader died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. He was riding his beloved, white-flamed Harley when a large, bull moose ran out in front of him. He was 51.
His celebration into eternity was Sept. 15 at Calvary Chapel in Homer. Making it complete was a true bikers' send-off with his Bikers for Christ colors leading the pack of more than 50 bikes.
Mr. Rader was born Oct. 18, 1949, in Torrance, Calif. He was raised in a family of builders that built many homes in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in California. He was known for his talent in all phases of the construction process.
One night, at age 36, he met the Lord and became a committed Christian. Within 90 days he was in the Solomon Islands building churches for missions. He had his hand in helping to build 30 different churches and played a part in founding Pacific and Asia Christian University in Kailua, Kona, Hawaii.
Mr. Rader lived in Kansas City, Mo., for 10 years before coming to Alaska. While there, he was involved with many inner city ministries. He worked on a project headed up by Rosey Greer helping troubled youth learn a trade.
"Robin always had a heart for the down and out. He spent a season of his time selling produce and with the proceeds he bought whatever was left over from all the other vendors and had fruits and vegetables trucked to all of the shelters in the city. Robin was involved in Habitat for Humanity, where he helped to oversee and work with groups of volunteers. He was a man who will be remembered by many as having a servant's heart," his family said.
He originally came to Alaska in 1995 to marry a childhood sweetheart, Sally Lander. They resided in Homer.
At the time of his death, he was involved with Calvary Chapel in Homer. He became involved with Bikers for Christ in April of 2000.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Rader, and infant brother Steven Rader.
Mr. Rader is survived by his wife, Sally; son, Dylan Rader; mother, Flo Rader; brothers Skeet, Chic and Sam Rader; sister, Melony Hinkson; daughters Paisley Gough, Amy Bucho and Jessica Huff; and grandchildren Zac and Bailey Gough and Brittany Bucho.
Arrangements were made by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory in Anchorage.
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