Jack Crader

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Jack Owen Crader, 20, of O’Fallon, IL, born September 5, 2003, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, September 14, 2023, in Columbia, MO.

Jack graduated from O’Fallon Township High School in 2022, spent his freshman year of college honing his writing skills at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, then transferred to the University of Missouri to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Jack’s family and his many, many friends know how talented he was, and had he not been taken so tragically young the rest of the world would have soon known, as well. Jack’s sense of humor, his work ethic and his thirst for knowledge were unmatched. He loved books, music, and exotic foods. Born with a curious mind, he could chat for hours on a wide range of topics. He will be missed, and he will be mourned. Today the world is a poorer place without him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ryan Crader.

He is survived by his mother, Becky, nee Hoffmann, Crader; a sister, Lily Crader; his maternal grandfather, James Hoffmann; his maternal grandmother, Carol Hoffmann; his paternal grandparents, Sue and Richard Crader; four uncles, Jeff (Kelly) Hoffmann, Joe (Tricia) Hoffmann, Sean (Meredith) Crader, and Matt (Sarah) Crader; and four cousins, Ben, Emmett, Jocelyn Hoffmann, and Olivia Crader.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Vincent De Paul, P.O. Box 3415, East St. Louis, IL, https://svdpsouthil.org/monetary-donations. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 17, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 17, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be private and held at a later date.


17 Comments on Jack Crader

Mary Ellen King said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 11:15 AM

Dear Carol and Family, I am sending you love and prayers as you mourn the tremendous loss of your dear Jack. Words often fail us during times of great heartbreak. May your wonderful family, friends and faith give you some comfort.

  • Eugene
  • Oregon
Pam Blackburn said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2023 at 12:15 PM

So sorry about Jack. I found a scripture I like to share at JW.org, Acts 24:15, "there is going to be a resurrection," I wish your family the very best for the future.

  • Malta
  • OH
Christy Buesch said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2023 at 5:50 PM

Becky, Lily and family my heart is breaking for all of you. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Praying God our Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and the Holy Spirit three in One wrap you in His unending love, and strength to carry you through this difficult journey. Please know I will be praying without ceasing, and many prayer warriors will be lifting you up in prayer. God bless you all. Love, Christy Buesch 🙏🏼✝️❤️✝️🙏🏼

  • Fults
  • IL
Sharon Haake Fahrnet said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2023 at 2:01 PM

Carol & family. I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Cyndi Wagner said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2023 at 1:29 PM

Becky & Lily & family…Thinking of you during this difficult time & praying that you find strength & peace in your memories of Jack. Cyndi & Tom Wagner

  • Cape Coral
  • Florida
Connie Barre said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2023 at 9:16 PM

I first met Jack at his Baptism at St. Teresa's Church when my granddaughter was being baptized on the same day! Several years later he appeared in my classroom at Jefferson School! What a pleasant surprise to learn that the grandson of one of my #118 teacher peers would be in my classroom!! What a joy he was!!! Always had a smile, loved learning and a teacher pleaser!! So, if I said, I wish I had a "classroom full of Jacks", you know he was a gem!!! I am so sorry for his entire family!! Prayers for all and with a heavy heart I say may he Rest In Peace!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Nancy Pena said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2023 at 8:13 PM

It is with a very heavy heart that we all say a heartfelt goodbye for now to Jack. He has meant so much to all of those who got the chance to know him! These last few days have had such an impact on all those that loved him and were proud to call him friend! To all those that have loved him and your family and we hold each one in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.

  • OFallon
  • Il
Linda Dohrman said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2023 at 7:11 PM

So so sorry Carol and Becky! My heart goes out to both of you!! Love snd hugs!!

  • Belleville
  • Il
David Hundley said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2023 at 5:29 PM

I was very saddened to hear this afternoon the loss of your son. Even though many miles separate us, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God bless you and your family. David

  • Smithfield
  • Virginia
James P Graham said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2023 at 4:30 PM

Please accept our condolences. We will keep you in our prayers. Jim and Jean Graham

  • Dayton
  • OH
Ruth Shadid Steichen said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2023 at 2:09 PM

Becky, Lily, and Carol, My love and prayers are with all of you as you grieve Jack’s death. As you mourn the loss of your son, brother, grandson, may it help to know others are holding you up. May he rest in eternal peace.

  • Tulsa
  • OK
Charlotte Kraus said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2023 at 12:01 PM

Dear Carol & Family, I am sending my sincerest condolences upon the loss of your beloved Jack. May God's love & promise of eternal life and reunion with our loved ones provide some comfort and peace at this very sad time. My heart grieves with each of you. May God fill you with hope, strength and peace is my prayer. Love, Charlotte Kraus, Delta Sister

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Douglas Bollinger said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2023 at 9:29 AM

Dear Lord with a heavy heart I have to say goodbye to Jack. I'm so sorry Becky, and all the family. My prayers for you are always.

  • Bowling Green
  • Ky
Carol Smith said : Guest Report Sep 15, 2023 at 8:28 PM

It is my sincerest condolences and heartfelt sympathies extended to you and your family for the passing of your son, Jack. I know how much he meant to you. I pray the Lord will grant you and your dear daughter the strength to pass through this storm. Also, I pray for peace and comfort for you and your entire family during your bereavement. May the LORD grant you strength and favor to go through this storm. Blessings!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sherina Johnson said : Guest Report Sep 15, 2023 at 5:58 PM

Your family will be in my prayers. May God grant you peace. May his memories create joy everyday in your life.

  • Caseyville
  • illinois
Lynn Fulte said : Guest Report Sep 15, 2023 at 5:46 PM

Carol and family, Sending deepest condolences on the loss of your sweet young man. There are no words--holding you in hearts and minds during this very difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jackie Seiler said : Guest Report Sep 15, 2023 at 4:07 PM

Becky and Lily, My heart goes out to you. I have no words. I’m praying for God to wrap his arms around you and comfort you and give you strength to get through these sad days. Forever in my heart!

  • Marble Hill
  • Missouri

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