Robert G. Schrader, a retired heavy-equipment operator for the Amherst Highway Department and former chief of the Snyder Fire Department, died Sunday in his Amherst home. He was 68.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Schrader graduated from Amherst Central High School and then attended heavy-construction-equipment school.
He spent three years in the Army.
Mr. Schrader joined the Snyder Fire Department in 1966. He rose in rank from assistant captain to captain to chief from 1976 to 1978.
He participated in the first fire department paramedic program in the area for many years. He was a member of the Amherst Fire Council, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York, the Amherst Past Chiefs Association, Exempt and Benevolent Association of the Snyder Fire Department and was a longtime member of the examining board for the Snyder department.
Despite becoming ill, Mr. Schrader continued in active service up until a week before his death.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Julie Niemira; a son, Richard; three stepsons, Carl, Thomas and William Klein; and three brothers, Fred, John and Jim.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Catholic Church, Main Street and Lamark Drive, Snyder.