With great sadness, we announce the passing of Rev. Olin Strader, on November 3, 2021, at St Vincent Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana.
Olin was born to Woodrow and Myrtle Strader in Prescott, KS in 1940 - fittingly on Christmas Eve. The second born child, he was the oldest boy in the family of four children.
Olin's early years were spent on the farm of his kind and Christ-centered Grandparents, Forrest and Julia Strader. This time cemented his appreciation for faith, family, animals and agriculture.
At the age of 19, Olin responded to God's call into ministry and attended Tennessee Temple University. There, he met his first wife, Twyla, who took up with Olin a life of ministry. They pastored many churches throughout the Midwest while also gracefully raising their family.
Olin's love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was evident to all those he faithfully served. He was a spirtual father to many who credit him with showing them so much about the love that God has for us. During the course of his 61 years in ministry, Olin received an honorary Doctorate of Theology. He spent the latter part of his years serving as an Evangelist with Bible Open Air Missions.
In the last year of his life, Olin created joyful memories with his bride, Jane Ann Strader. He also enjoyed the companionship of his pup, Meggy.
Olin Strader was preceded in death by his beloved wife of nearly 53 years, Twyla Strader, and his Sister, Carolyn Musacchio.
Olin is survived by his wife, Jane Ann Strader (2020) of Peru, Indiana and his five children born of Twlya: COL Olin "Kent" Strader, USA Ret. (Nikki), Gigi Islands, WA; Dr Scott Strader (Brigid), Santa Paula, CA; Mrs Kelly Hastman (James), Gainesville, GA; Mr Stephen Strader, St Louis, MO and Mr Timothy Strader (Beth), Anaheim, CA; and Olin's siblings: Joe Strader and Judy Leeper. In addition, Olin was a loving father and doting Grandfather to his six Grandchildren: Trent, Caleb, Isabella, Kennedy, McKinley and Jack. Extended family includes 3 step-children, 7 step-Grandchildren and 9 step-Great Grandchildren.
Olin loved to laugh and his blue eyes would sparkle when he was locked in a conversation about tractors, farming, and, most especially, when he interacted with his Grandchildren. His love for people always resonated in his delight to sit and talk with everyone he met and trade stories and interests. He never lost his sense of wonder. He will be dearly missed.
The funeral will be held at the Liberty Baptist Church in Sweetser, IN at 2pm on Monday, November 8, 2021.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.FlowersLeedyAllen.com.