Keith William Schrader

COLUMBIA — Former MU professor Keith William Schrader had a long-lasting love of mathematics.

“He didn’t do it as a job," his son, Jeff Schrader, said. "So he didn’t stop after he retired. He still liked to improve theorems."

Dr. Schrader of Columbia died at his home on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. He was 72.

He was born April 22, 1938, in Neligh, Neb., to William and Gail (Hughes) Schrader.

As a child, Dr. Schrader attended a one-room schoolhouse in Neligh until the eighth grade. He graduated from Neligh High School in 1956. While working on his graduate degree, he was invited to study mathematics at Stanford University.

He later obtained his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Until his retirement in 2000, he was a professor at MU and served as the chairman of the mathematics department for several terms.

Jeff Schrader said his father was a "great guy" who was always there for him.

“We used to go fishing at local farm ponds. And we had lots of float trips at local Missouri river,” said Jeff Schrader. “Those were lots of fun memories.”

Dr. Schrader was well known in the community as an avid antique collector and he also enjoyed country western dancing.

Dr. Schrader is survived by a son, Jeff Schrader, of Blue Springs; daughter, Melinda Ketterling, of Des Moines, Iowa, and her husband, Travis; the mother of his children, Carol Taylor Schrader; grandchildren Kylie Schrader, Olivia Chamberlain and Jackson Chamberlain; brothers Richard Schrader of Neligh, Neb. and Gregg Schrader of Seattle, Wash.; sisters Lois Patton of Missoula, Mont., June Bragg of Neligh, Neb., and Ruth Hand of Emmetsburg, Iowa.

His parents died earlier.

A visitation will be held from 3 p.m to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8 at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO.

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