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Bruce Strader

Bruce Strader

Wednesday, July 15th, 1959 - Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
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Obituary

Bruce Strader, 60, of Rock Island, IL, died Sunday, March 22, 2020, at his home. Private family services will be held. A Celebration of Life will be planned for a time in the future. Memorials may be made to the Edgewood Baptist Church or to the Jr Rocks baseball team. Bruce was born in Moline on July 15, 1959, son of Clarence and Vergie (Witt) Strader.  He graduated with the Rock Ridge High School Class of 1977. He was owner/operator of Quality Plus Body Shop and Art Rice Body Shop. He collected antique toys, especially Buddy L and Crossley cars, and loved attending auctions.  He was the proud owner of B & B Toy Museum.  Bruce also owned several stock cars and sponsored his nephew in sprint car races.  He also sponsored his great-nephew in the Jr Rocks Baseball team. Survivors include his mother, Vergie Copeland of Moline; a step-sister, Dawn (Tim) Cunningham of Connecticut; a sister-in-law, Linda Strader of Andalusia, IL; a brother, Scott (Julie) Strader of Andalusia; nieces, Kimberly Strader, Lisa (Russ) Terry, Alaina Khan, and Natalie Titus; a nephew, Michael (Michelle) Strader; sixteen great-nieces and -nephews, and two great-great-nephews. Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Clarence “Clancy” Strader, his step-father, Charles Copeland, a brother, David Strader, step-brother, Brian Copeland, and a niece, Emily Copeland.
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Tanisha Lacey

Posted at 12:00am
My prayers go out to the family. Bruce was a a very nice guy and a good friend of my father, the best mechanic that we trusted with all our body work. Did an excellent job on painting and replacing my front bumper a few months ago. You will truly be missed R.I.H ?😪
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Jessica Farrell

Posted at 12:00am
R.I.H Bruce you will be missed
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Sue Tackabury

Posted at 12:00am
I'm shocked and saddened to hear this :-( I met Bruce at a car show years ago. He was at the Dwyer and Michaels Classic Car calendar shoot when my convertible was photographed. He was the only one I considered taking my car to after I peeled open the passenger side rear quarter panel. And I was lucky enough to see his toy collection. He truly was the definition of a "great guy". Condolences to the family....he will be missed by many!
JB

Jennifer Black

Posted at 12:00am
I didn't know Bruce. My parents in Cambridge, IL met him one time. He showed off his toys. They said more than once, what a nice guy he was when they met him. Even now they have said, "super nice guy". We need more of him on this Earth. Prayers that your family may find peace during this time.
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Terry Bunting

Posted at 12:00am
We will keep the family in your heart & thought
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