Darrell F. Shrader
Darrell F. Shrader, 72, of Shelbyville, passed away June 22, 2017 at his residence.
Born June 30, 1944 in Clifford Indiana, he was the son of Fred N. and Susie Marie
(Key) Shrader. He married Sherry (Riley) Shrader on May 26, 1963 and she survives.
Other survivors include: brother Wallace “Dub” Shrader (wife Cindy) of Shelbyville, sister
Mattie Jo Asher (husband Don) of Indianapolis, and several nieces and nephews. He
was preceded in death by his parents, brother Louis C. Shrader and infant brother Autry
Mr. Shrader had lived most of his lifetime in Shelby County and graduated from Waldron
High School in 1962. He had been employed by the City of Shelbyville at the Shelbyville
Municipal Airport for over 40 years, and for many of those years he served as airport manager.
He was a member of Shelbyville Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall, (NAFI) National Association
of Flight Instructors, (AOPA) Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and was on the Board of
Directors of Aviation Indiana.
From a very early age Darrell had a love for airplanes, and had logged over 18,000 hours as
a pilot and instructor. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and listening to music.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday June 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Glenn E. George &
Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with visitation there from 4:00 pm until the time of the service.
Mike Clark will officiate, and burial will be in the Moravian Cemetery in Hope at a later date.
I just read of the passing of Darrell. I have known Darrell since he and Sherry first became the FBO operators at Shelbyville. He was such a detail oriented person, I learned much from him concerning aircraft, flying and operating the airport. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sherry and all his family.
My Dad loved Darrell for allowing him to fly again!! I send his love, and mine, to you, Sherry! Thanks for helping Kenny relive his youth! I will not forget Darrell's flying over Daddy's graveside!
March 24, 2017 was my last visit to Shelbyville. On June 23, I received a call early in the morning from a person with a broken heart. It was Sherry. Her voice was crackling somewhat and when I realized who was on the other end, my tears appeared and my heart skipped a few beats. Finding the right words is often difficult. Darrell worked endless hours for many, many years at the GEZ airport. He had great vision for the airports success because of the community. The city of Shelbyville was number one. I had many sit down and talks with him over many years. The folks of Shelbyville were number one. Rest easy now my friend. The Most High has called on you for a reason.
I had the great privilege and honor to fly with Darrell for a few of those 18,000+ hours during flight checks. He was truly a pilot with great skills and loved to fly as well as anything aviation. Beyond that he was a terrific man with patience, kindness, a smile, and firm grip on life. My prayers for Sherry and the family are for peace and comfort during this very difficult time.
Darrell was much more than a flight instructor, he was a wonderful friend. His relaxed and easy going personality just put me at ease. I am a very lucky person to have known him.
Darrell has a special place in our heart, I was there the day he had my 15 year old son David solo - a complete surprise to a nervouse dad - as Darrell put it "if he wasn't ready I would not let him go up" relax dad. Always in our prayers.
Darrell and I were good friends in high school, and stayed in touch all of our lives. Darrell and I joked about having the same birth date. June 30, 1944. He will be sadly missed. Bob Hines Fort Myers, Fl.
I recently began taking flying lessons from Darrell and in this short time have gained a wonderful respect for him. It was very evident to me how much he loved Sherry and how much she loved him. Darrell was an encouragement for me. I enjoyed the time God allowed me to spend with the two of them. Darrell made me laugh and I love to laugh. I have confidence that he is doing what he loved more than anything....flying....only now with wings of his own. My prayers are with Sherry.
May your flight West be blessed with nothing but CAVU. The Shelbyville airport will not be the same without your presence and passion.
Wally & Mattie Jo, My sincere sympathy to both of you. Shelby County was fortunate to have Darrel's services for all this time. Paul Hayes WHS Class of '57' Principal Noble Twp School 1967-72 (Student Noble Twp 1945-53)