February 22, 2020
Geneseo United Methodist Church
Overton Funeral Homes, Dysart
February 21, 2020
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Overton Funeral Home
Keith John Bader, 87, passed away at Western Home Communities in Cedar Falls, on Monday, February 17, 2020.
Keith was born on October 30, 1932, on the family farm in Bruce Township, Benton County, Iowa, the son of Rudy and Elsie (Hock) Bader. He attended a rural school nearby and graduated from Geneseo Consolidated High School in the Class of 1951. Keith graduated with a business degree from Iowa State University in 1955 on a ROTC scholarship, and was president of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy for three years, and travelled by ship to Japan. He worked briefly for Collins Radio Company, Cedar Rapids, before joining his father in farming.
On September 10, 1960, Keith was united in marriage to Larabeth Ann Folsom at the First Methodist Church in Mason City. The couple made their home on his uncle’s farm until 1969, when they bought a farm and land one mile east. In 1964, Keith was honored as an Outstanding Young Iowa Farmer. Keith was an early advocate of no-till farming and employed other sustainable practices while running Keith Bader Farms until he was 79 years old. His nephew Michael Sinn continues the family legacy.
He was a member of the Geneseo United Methodist Church, serving as treasurer; board member for the Dysart-Geneseo Community Schools, serving as president; and board member for the Tama-Benton Cooperative.
In 1999, Keith and Larabeth moved to Dysart. In 2018, they moved to Western Home Assisted Living.
Keith is survived by his wife; daughters, Kathryn Bader (Patricia Schnedar) of Oakland, California, and Karey Bader (Shane Schulte) of Des Moines; son, Kent Bader of Cedar Falls; one grandchild, Chase Schulte; brother, Harold (Marilynn) Bader; and sister, Arlene Sinn. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Sharon Grassfield; his mother in law and father in law; and two brothers in law.
Visitation will be held Friday, February 21, from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Overton Funeral Home, Dysart. A service will be held Saturday, February 22, at 11:00 am, at Geneseo United Methodist Church, Buckingham, with a meal following the service.
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