Russell Neal Crader

October 9, 1958February 4, 2020

Russell Neal Crader was born in Houston, Texas on October 9, 1958 to Donald Van and Emma Beatrice (Bea) Crader. He passed away on February 4, 2020 in Austin, Texas.

He attended Anderson High School and worked at Goldstar Marble, Grentek and UT System Facilities. He became a machinist by trade working at Grentek. He enjoyed many years there working with both older technology and newer systems.

Russell liked to work on cars and spent many hours under the hood of older and well used vehicles to coax more miles out of them for their thankful owners. He taught his sons how to do their own maintenance and repairs which has served them well. He was a “do it yourself” person and would be asked to assist with projects or would be called on to impart his wisdom in finding solutions to an endless variety of project problems.

He also loved animals and made room in his home for a wide variety of critters during the years. He had a special place in his heart for dogs and cats. He had many beloved dogs that provided him with companionship and mutual enjoyment, especially when “treats” were involved.

Russell was a friend of Bill W. and spent many hours making and serving coffee, visiting with friends and strangers alike and offering encouraging words and hope to others when he himself often needed it the most. He read the Bible from cover to cover more than once and was encouraged by one of his favorite verses, John 3:16.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Bea, and by his grandparents. He is survived by his brother, Jack Crader (LeAnn), his sons, Matthew Neal Crader (Emily Laird), Eric Donald Crader (Ana), granddaughter Addison (Addie) Crader along with nieces, a nephew, cousins and many friends.

Specials thanks to his many friends and “brothers”, especially Quinn, Don, Bill, Dr. Bill and Dan. The many hours of fun and fellowship you all enjoyed through the years, even when times were tough, will be remembered always and appreciated by the family more than you will ever know.

A Memorial Service for Russell N. Crader will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 1200 S. Bagdad, Leander, TX 78641.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to a cause close to your heart.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 22, 2020


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Brett Welborn

February 17, 2020

I had known Russell since 1975 when we were growing up together in Angus Valley, which was way out in the country back then. We spent many days in his 57 Chevy cruising out to Lake Travis; and many other days building every type of Volkswagen that you could imagine!

Back in late 79, his parents moved out of Angus Valley to a beautiful home off of 620 .

I went to that house every day for months to be with him by his bedside while he recovered from a terrible accident that came very close to taking him from us back then. An Austin police cruiser pulled out right in front of him in the middle of a dark stretch of 183 as he was headed home in a Karman Ghia that we had built.

I was welcomed into the Crader home by his parents as if they were my own. I loved them like I loved my own folks. I learned many things from Don Crader, things like how to drive a bulldozer, and how “three on the tree” worked. Bea taught me how to shoot a rifle the right way. She was a great shot, and to this day her instruction has served me well.

We formed a very, very close bond to each other during that time.

Through all of the years we stayed in touch, texting frequently, talking a little less frequently. We had many “conversations” that were nothing more than sending funny pictures back-and-forth, followed by a few HAHAHAHA’s. We both shared a kind of right wing humor.

The last time I spoke to him, which was just after Christmas, we had both said we need to get together soon. I wish with all of my heart that we would have. Just hanging out together always brightened our days and reminded us of years passed; laughing at each other and reflecting on that 57. I will truly miss those conversations.

I love you, my Brother. I will miss you deeply. Rest in peace, and say hi to Don and Bea for me.

When it is my time, I hope to be able to find you once again. You were a true brother and friend. I will never forget you.

Judy Willey

February 13, 2020

My dear sweet friend, I've loved you for many years and will love you always. You were taken from us way too soon and my heart is broken, but I know you are running free with your pets in heaven. I will see you again some day. Meanwhile, I will miss you until then.

I love you, Russell,
Judy Willey

Lea stevens

February 13, 2020

I'm devastated beyond words. Our late night talks will be missed and all the plans we made for a spring visit are gone. You were a friend when i needed a ear and encouragement. You will be deeply missed.


February 8, 2020

Russell and I have know each other for about 46 year we had many good time together. Lost touch wen in enter the army I will miss him very much