Thomas Burton Strader

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Thomas Burton Strader, 83, Roachdale, passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

Tom was born Oct. 2, 1937, in Indianapolis, to the late William Burton and Bertha Jewell (Kelly) Strader.

He married Joyce (Stevens) on April 7, 1956, and she survives.

Tom graduated from George Washington High School and proudly served in the United States Army. Tom joined the Indiana State Police on Aug. 1, 1957 and served the citizens of Indiana as a state trooper until his retirement on Oct. 31, 1992. Not one to sit still, Tom enjoyed a retirement job driving for Thrifty Car Rental.

Tom was a longtime member of Harvest Fellowship, the Indiana State Police Alliance and the Greensburg Masonic Lodge 36. He loved caring for his yard, cheering on the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers and keeping his family on their toes with his practical jokes.

Tom will be fondly remembered for his kindness and generosity.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Baer; brother William Strader and sister Alta Mae Mahaney.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Joyce (Stevens) Strader; sons Tom, Todd and Troy Strader and their spouses; son-in-law Joe Baer; sisters Mary Lou Pearson and Kate Day; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family is grateful to the PMH Squad 1, the Roachdale Volunteer Fire Department and the Roachdale Police Department for their care.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25 at Harvest Fellowship, 1618 W. CR 500 South, Crawfordsville, with a celebration of life beginning at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Julie Baer Memorial Scholarship, c/o South Madison Community Foundation, 233 S. Main St., Pendleton, IN 46064.

Carlisle - Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, is serving the family. Visit to share a favorite memory or to sign the online guest registry.