Leota N. Rader, 93, Manhattan, Kansas, died Dec. 24, 2019, at her residence.
She was born Oct. 5, 1926, in Keytesville, Missouri, the daughter of Harold Council and Emma A. (Wilhoit) Newsom.
Leota graduated from high school in Lexington, Missouri. She was married to George Rader Jr. on Nov. 8, 1946, in Olathe, Kansas. Mr. Rader preceded her in death on March 12, 2015.
Leota was the manager for the family business, Rader Construction.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, LaSertoma, Quarter Horse Association and United Commercial Travelers. She was active in the Riley County Republican Women organization and was honored as Republican of the Year.
Leota enjoyed traveling, attending KSU athletics and her granddaughter’s activities.
Survivors include her son, George “Bo” Rader III and his wife, Sandra, of Wichita, Kansas; and two granddaughters, Alexandra A. Rader, and Mikeala A. Rader and her fiancé Josh Bisges.
Leota was also preceded in death by two daughters, Rochelle Lee Rader and Christa Layne Rader; one brother and sister-in- law, Vernon Newsom and his wife, Lorene; and two sisters, Wilma Schloman and Lauvah A Gould.
Cremation with graveside services to be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan, with the Rev. Amy Bowers officiating.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.
Graveside service: 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.