Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our doors we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We aren't just a funeral home. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

The Rader family tradition of service now spans four generations, and dates back to the late 1920s when LeRoy Rader was a young man living in Illinois with the desire to become a mortician.

LeRoy attended mortuary school in Chicago during the day and worked nights to earn enough money for tuition and books. After graduating from mortuary school, LeRoy moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, and then later to Paris, Texas, where he was employed by Emerson-Brown-Roden Funeral Home.

After working in Paris for just a few years, LeRoy decided to move his family, which now included a young son, Charley, to Longview where he began working for Welch Funeral Home. After only two years, Thomas Welch asked LeRoy to manage the Everett and Welch Funeral Home in Gladewater, Texas.

In 1938, LeRoy Rader and Thomas Welch formed a partnership and opened the Welch and Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore, Texas. Shortly thereafter, LeRoy purchased his partner's interest in the funeral home to create the Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore an East Texas landmark still operating today.

In the early 1950s, LeRoy purchased a funeral home on North Fredonia Street adjacent to the First Methodist Church in Longview. He asked his son Charley, who had just graduated from North Texas State University, to manage the newly acquired funeral home. In 1954, Charley and his wife Betty moved to Longview, where they became and have remained very active community supporters.

In 1970, a beautiful new Rader Funeral Home was constructed at 1617 Judson Road, and the former location was acquired by the First Methodist Church.

In 1981, Betty and Charley's son, Charles returned to work after graduating from Texas Tech University and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, he is now President and General Manager of the company.

In 2006, Charles and his wife, Lacy opened Charles Rader Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LLC in Henderson, Texas.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Charles  Rader

Charles Rader

President - Funeral Director
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Preston  Rader

Preston Rader

Funeral Director
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Lynn Rader  Martin

Lynn Rader Martin

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Jonathan  Horn

Jonathan Horn

Funeral Director - Manager
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Harold  Horn

Harold Horn

Funeral Director - Longview
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John  McClough

John McClough

Funeral Director - Compliance Director - Longview
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Paul Uhles

Paul Uhles

Funeral Director - Longview
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Maynard  Musselman

Maynard Musselman

Assistant
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Sidney  Brown

Sidney Brown

Assistant
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Roy  Hensley

Roy Hensley

Assistant
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Carla  Allen

Carla Allen

Family Service Administrator - Longview
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Margaret  Musslewhite

Margaret Musslewhite

Weekend receptionist
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Todd  Peterman

Todd Peterman

Manager East Texas Crematory
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Mike  Baughman

Mike Baughman

Funeral Director - Henderson
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Brian A . Fisher

Brian A . Fisher

Funeral Director - Henderson
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Dennis  Rivers

Dennis Rivers

Pre-Arrangements/Aftercare - Henderson
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William H.  Brown

William H. Brown

Funeral Director - Henderson
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Jessie  Barnes

Jessie Barnes

Receptionist - Henderson
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Theresa Williams

Theresa Williams

Rosewood Park Office Manager
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Johnny  Greathouse, CPC

Johnny Greathouse, CPC

General Manager
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Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor

Pre Need Counselor
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Spencer Barton

Spencer Barton

Funeral Directors Assistant
Martha Jordan

Martha Jordan

Administrative Assistant
James Baker

James Baker

Funeral Director
Erik Duggins

Erik Duggins

Funeral Director

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