Stephen Patrick Krader

Stephen Patrick Krader was born February 25, 1944 in Eureka, Calif. and passed away February 25, 2014 in Ashland, Ore.

He was a relentless storyteller, cutter and polisher of walnuts, drinker of malt liquor, friend of weeds, trees, and interesting plants, armchair historian, pruner of overhanging bushes, teen bootlegger, orphan, Air Force firefighter, bawdy joke-teller, hater of civilization, lover of humanity, father, grandfather, poet. He wanted to die pulling someone else out of a fire, but instead went in his sleep.

Stephen once rode his bike from Mexico to Canada. He lived in Aberdeen, Larkspur, Telluride, the Yukon, and finally in Ashland since 1976. He believed that we are all "a big circle" and that "we are us".

He is survived by dear friend and former wife, Patricia Zoline; as well as a daughter, Sascha (Daniel); infant grandson, James Radar; and his sister and brother, Juanita and Jack.

He will be remembered at a memorial service in Ashland on Saturday, March 15, 2014. People will meet for a walk in the park at 12:15 p.m. at the drinking fountains at the Ashland Plaza, and the service will be held at 1:15 p.m. at Pioneer Hall. In lieu of flowers, please come to the service and bring a story you remember about Patrick.

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