A Celebration of Life memorial and tribute for Dr. Dennis R. Rader will be noon to 4 p.m. March 23 at the Frankfort Plant Board Clubhouse, 98 Tanglewood Drive.
Dennis passed away Feb. 14, 2013, at age 66. Dennis was an educator, a prolific writer, a philosopher, an entertaining storyteller and a passionate tennis player. For more information on his life’s work go to his website, www.innovativebrainproject.com. Dennis was born in Knoxville, TN, August 6, 1946. He graduated from Rule High School in 1964. He received his BA from Oberlin College and his Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ray A. Rader, his mother, Ruby E. Tipton McNish, and his stepfather, Lee R. McNish. He is survived by his sister, Judy Rader Paxton; his nephew, Marty Paxton, both of Knoxville; his nephew, Scott Bowman (wife Carrie and daughters Erica and Sydney), of Franklin, TN; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. His family, friends and colleagues will gather to celebrate his life on Saturday, March 23. Dennis expressed recently he wanted a New Orleans-type funeral when he died. So, there will be music, food, and a celebration of all that was Dennis. Anyone wishing to make a brief tribute to Dennis is welcome to do so. A friend of Dennis’s, Steve Scarbrough of Knoxville, TN, will provide music.
If you would like to participate in the proceedings, there will be a sign-up sheet at the clubhouse on the day of the tribute. We are asking everyone to bring food or drink, so please RSVP to Joyce Reid 502-321-5917 or Jeanne Triplett 502-352-7915.
Please do not bring children under ten. Parking is limited, so carpooling is suggested. At the family’s request, smoking will not be permitted within 25 yards of the clubhouse. Maps to the clubhouse are online at TinyUrl.com/FPBclubhouse.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that tax deductible donations be made to either or both of the following: The Frankfort Tennis Association’s Rader Scholarship Fund for a deserving student in the Frankfort school system (send a check payable to FTA – Rader Scholarship Fund, 468 McDowell Ave, Frankfort, KY 40601), or to an organization co-founded by Dennis and recognized by 2012 Kentucky House Resolution 29 (contact Ed Councill at KGK@KidsGrowKentucky.org, or send a check payable to Kids Grow Kentucky, 7265 Peaks Mill Road, Frankfort, KY 40601).