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John Scott Rader passed away Sunday, September 19th 2021, at his home in Norman, Oklahoma. His passing was natural and peaceful, with his wife and son at his side.
Scott was known for his strong mind. He graduated from Oklahoma University with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and remained an inquisitive, logic-driven thinker throughout his life. He worked in the oil and restaurant industries before settling into a career with the State of Oklahoma Disability Determination Division as a Hearings Officer. He remained passionate about current events and ethics his entire life. He cared deeply for his country, for his community, and for his family. When not sharing the wisdom he gained from his life experience, he would be discussing current events and possibilities for the future of humanity with friends, family, or any new acquaintance. He absolutely loved to make people laugh; he never missed an opportunity to turn a situation into humor, even through the health problems he experienced toward the end of his life.
His passions were varied - from intellectual, political, scientific, and athletic, to musical. As a Sooner alumnus, he was naturally supportive of OU athletics; especially football. He also loved to see the successes of OU men's and women's basketball teams. He swam competitively for OU and passed his love for swimming on to his son. He was a competitive high school soccer player and coached youth soccer later in life.
Scott was very passionate about music, sharing that love enthusiastically with friends throughout his life; especially his son, with whom he attended many concerts. He was also very interested in astrophysics and cosmology. The mysteries of the universe and the nature of our existence were why, if you caught him off guard, you may have found him completely lost in thought even in a crowded room. He loved to read science fiction, as well as books by leading astronomers and theoretical physicists. Scott was known by old friends, coworkers, and family members as a deep, thoughtful, kind, and humorous man. He always put family first, making many sacrifices for the benefit of his wife and son. He always tried to do the right thing for anyone around him, no matter the circumstance.
Scott is survived by his wife Barbara Rader and his son Douglas Rader, both of Norman, his brother Don Rader of Woodward, OK, as well as many cousins, friends, neighbors (and neighbors' dogs) that will miss him dearly.