On the evening of August 25th, 2018, Our Lord took Albert L. Rad home after 84 years on this earth. He passed away peacefully with his wife and family beside him. His was a life well lived, and surely God smiled as he welcomed him with the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Al was born on October 26, 1933 in Cottonwood, Idaho, to Leo and Mary Schnider Rad. He graduated from St. Gertrude’s Academy where he excelled in basketball and music, and continued playing in a band before honorably serving in the US Army. He married the love of his life, Clarice Haener on December 27, 1956, in Grangeville, Idaho.
Al and Clarice were truly best friends and partners for the next 61 years and were blessed with five children, Charles (deceased, who lived only one day), Andy, Kent, Catherine, and Valadee, whom they raised on the Rad homestead; farming, ranching, and expanding their property so that future generations of Rads would always have a part of their legacy. He worked long and hard in challenging conditions with a sense of duty to his family along with gratitude for his many blessings along the way.
Al and Clarice’s life together celebrated and valued their faith, family, country, hard work, music, dancing (he had moves), many friends, family activities including boating, four wheeling, snowmobiling, taking cruises, wintering in Arizona and Mexico, and simply enjoying time spent with children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Al’s love for family and friends and his incredible zest for life was infectious. His honesty, integrity, sincerity, good nature and sense of humor made him a joy to be around. The love and respect of his many friends and family members is a testament to the kind of person Al was. Just a good and Godly man.
In 2011, his son Kent assumed all the farming and ranching operations when Al and Clarice retired to Eagle, Idaho, near three of their children and grandchildren. Al’s pool was only a small part of his family’s incentive to visit often. He was the consummate host. Always gracious and always happy.
Al suffered a major stroke four years ago, severely limiting his mobility and making coherent speech impossible. Amazingly, he still managed to project dignity, grace, kindness, and thoughtfulness, like waiting for his wife or any woman to walk through a doorway before arduously doing so himself. And while he could not speak, he communicated with expression, that great smile, and the occasional chuckle at something silly. He remained a class act to his last day.
In his last few years he was a member of Eagle Christian Church, and was close to the Lord his entire life. His love of God, country and family are an example for his successors. While not large in stature, he cast a big shadow, and his shoes will be hard to fill.
Al is survived by his wife Clarice, his children Andy (Julie) Rad, Kent (Kathleen) Rad, Catherine (Nick) Weber, and Valadee Rad. He is also survived by his sisters Eileen Sager and Loretta Zehner. He leaves behind his legacy to 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his son Charles, parents Leo & Mary Rad, sister Bertha (Jim) Toennis and brother, Delmer (Ethel) Rad, brother in laws, Bob Zehner and Ray Sager.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, September 8th at The Club at SpurWing, 6800 N. Spurwing Way, Meridian, Idaho at 1:00 pm.