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E. Vaughn Wray Funeral Establishment
Friday October 9th, 2020

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Fredrick Bruce Strader

Fredrick Bruce Strader, peacefully passed to his final rest on October 4, 2020 at the age of 77.    He was physically attended and supported during his declining health by his wife and daughter at his Norfolk home. 

Rick was a native of Portsmouth, born to Kenneth and Phyllis Strader.  He was a graduate of Deep Creek High School and furthered his education at Old Dominion University.   While he had a long career in the financial sector, it was composing and performing music with his saxophone that gave him the most joy.  This lifelong passion enabled Rick to play for various regional bands, travel, and marry the love of his life Deborah. 

He is survived by his wife, daughters Karen and Tammy, and grandchildren Lilly and Jamey.  Rick will best be remembered for his ready wit, intelligence, kindness, and devotion to family and God.  

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Thank you Roger. We appreciate your words of comfort.

Tammy Oct 22 2020 12:00 AM

Hi Roger! Thank you so much for the kind words and that you remembered my dad! It has been a tough time for us! Luckily Tammy came home and he had all his girls with him. Hope you are well in AR!

Karen Palen Oct 21 2020 12:00 AM

I will always remember Rick playing his Sax. He was a great father, loving husband and an honest man with strong values. He raised a beautiful, strong and intelligent family. May his loving family and friends find comfort during this most difficult time.

Roger Clark
Little Rock, AR

Roger Clark Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM

I love the pictures Arthur! Thank you so much! They will be treasured!!

Karen Palen Oct 18 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you so much for your kind words! He was a great father!

Karen Palen Oct 10 2020 12:00 AM

Ricky and I played Saxophones in the Deep Creek High Band. We were great friends. I learned a lot from him about playing a sax. I would go with him and his parents to listen to him play professionally while in HS. I later copied his enjoyment for playing in bands from 1964-1988 while serving in the Army playing with bands in the far east and Europe.
Ricky was a great inspiration to me. I found on his Obit he was one month older than me. I did try to find him in 2015 with no luck at that time. Rest in Peace old friend

Arthur Ross Oct 10 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Fredrick Strader

Karen Oct 9 2020 12:00 AM

I remember Ricky as one of the good guys in high school and one of the most talented musicians in the band. And I remember his Deep Creek purple car! I am sorry to hear of his passing and know he will be missed.

Kay Barker Porterfield Oct 9 2020 12:00 AM

Karen, my heart goes out to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers coming your way. Miss and love you, my friend! Christine Ambler Subeh

Christine Ambler Subeh Oct 8 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you so much!!!

Karen Palen Oct 8 2020 12:00 AM

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