Kirby Atwood Trader, 89, of Port Charlotte, Florida passed away Sunday, January 16, 2011 at Peace River Regional Medical Center in Port Charlotte.
He was born October 24, 1921 in Wilmington, Delaware where he attended grammar and graduated high school. He furthered his education at the University of Delaware majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Leaving college to join the U.S. Army in November 1942, he served as a SGT First Class with the 102nd Division Ninth Army in Europe and Germany until the end of the war. Narrowly missing the Battle of Bulge by a straw draw. During his service he earned numerous campaign medals and qualified as an expert rifle shot. He worked many years as an auto mechanic and retired from Sun Ship Yard in Chester Pennsylvania as a Marine Electrician. He was an avid bowler, boater, and enjoyed practicing his expert sharp shooting skills at the range. He was a member of N.R.A., VFW and American Legion Post #110 in Port Charlotte.
Survived by his loving wife of 35 � years of marriage, Shirley E. Trader of Port Charlotte;
Three daughters, Cheryl L. Schmidt of Port Charlotte, Patricia Parsons of Delaware, Elaine Anthony of Delaware; three sons, Bruce Trader of Virginia, William Bartels of Pennsylvia, David Steele of Port Charlotte; 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Wednesday January 19, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a
Funeral service at 7:00 PM at Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel. Rev. J. Ralph Burton, Jr. will officiate. Inurnment and military honors will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, FL