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Joshua James Rader, 27, formerly of Grantsburg, passed away unexpectedly in River Falls on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.

The memorial service celebrating his life was held on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Grantsburg, with Pastor Carl Heidel officiating.

Josh was born to parents JoAnne (Owens) and Scott W. Rader on Sept. 29, 1989 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. He was educated in the Grantsburg School District.

Josh was employed at WC Palettes in Hudson. He enjoyed fishing, gaming and listening to rap music. He also enjoyed watching Vikings football and Duke basketball teams. Josh was a Christian man: selfless, always accepting of others, polite, respectful and imaginative. He always had a loving heart and good sense of humor. He was an awesome father to his children and loved spending time with family. He will be deeply missed.

Surviving are his father, Scott W. (JoEllen) Rader; his mother, JoAnne Rader; his best friend and companion, Jessica Swosinski; and his children, Adrian William Rader and Arieanna Marie Rader.

He is also survived by a sister, Samantha Rader; a brother, Jeremy Rader; four nephews: Silas, Patrick, Jeremy, Jr., and Damon Rader; paternal grandfather, Harlan Rader; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Josh was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: James and Yvonne Owens; and his paternal grandmother, Joan Rader.

Memorial donations to his children are preferred.

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Arrangements were entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grantsburg.