WESLEY A. TRADER
TRADER Wesley Arthur Trader was born March 16, 1931 in Muscatine, Iowa. He died in Dallas on January 7, 2017 at the age of 85. Wes graduated from Muscatine High School in 1949 and proudly served the US Military in the United States Marine Corps from 1952 - 1954, and then in the Marine reserves for another six years. Wes married his wife Arlene McCoy, on August 6, 1963 and they enjoyed more than 53 years together. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Carrollton, where he served as usher for more than 40 years. Having graduated with an Associates Degree from Indian Hills Community College, Wes transitioned into the computer industry. Upon moving to the DFW area in 1969, he worked for many years in the electronic technology field, most notably for Arthur Collins. Hailing from an Iowa farm family, Wes enjoyed growing tomatoes and beautiful flowers in his yard. As a younger man, he spent many days hunting, fishing, and camping. He passed that love of the outdoors on to his children as the family often spent weekends camping and exploring state parks in Iowa, Missouri, and then Texas. Wes and Arlene had fun collecting antiques together for many years, finding antique shops and estate sales wherever they traveled. Watching Arlene and her mother make quilts, Wes decided he would start making quilts too. He fancied himself a master quilter, and eventually pieced more than 20 quilts, taking great joy in giving them as gifts. Wes had a knack for working with his hands, and was known for being able to fix any almost anything. Even at 85 he was too often found on his roof patching something, or in a tree trimming a limb. Wes enjoyed serving and loving others; his neighbors, his church and especially his family. He was devoted to Jesus Christ as his Savior and drew strength for his life and service to others from that most precious relationship. Wes is preceded in death by his parents, Eathel and Otis Trader, 7 brothers, Clifford Trader, Leo Trader, Alvin Trader, Francis Trader, Harold Trader, Roy Trader and Harry Trader, as well as 1 sister, Nancy Trader. Wes is survived by his wife of 53 years, Arlene Trader. He is also survived by his daughter Lori Smart and her husband Robert, of Spring, Tx.; son Brad McCoy and his wife Jeane of Van Alstyne, Tx; daughter Cara Barbee, and her husband Alan, of Arlington, Tx; son Kelly McCoy and his wife Linda of Magnolia, Tx. In the family circle Wes became known as the baby whisperer' as the grandchildren and great grandchildren made their arrivals. He could coo and sing a crying baby to sleep like none other. Those grandchildren who survive him are Nelson Barbee, and wife Carly, of Mansfield, Tx.; Kaylee Dhane, and husband Justin, of Van Alstyne, Tx.; John Smart, and wife Lyndsey, of Spring, Tx; Caitlyn Barbee, of Arlington, Tx; Karlee McCoy, of Portland, Oregon; Alyssa Kossuth and husband Scott, of Euless, Tx; Jaclyn McCoy, of Fort Collins, Co; Sara Smart, of Spring, Tx; and Michael McCoy, of Austin, Tx. Wes is survived by nine great grandchildren; Bennett, Wesley, Everett Barbee of Mansfield, Tx, and Kael Kossuth, of Euless, Tx. At the time of his death, Wes was anticipating with great excitement the birth of 5 more great-grand children to be born in 2017. Wes was so proud of these grandchildren, and expressed his love to them and prayers for them many times over. In addition, Wesley is survived by his sister Irma Fuller of Mondovi, Wisconsin, and his brother Richard Trader of Muscatine, Iowa, along with many beloved sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews, along with fellow church members, neighbors and business associates too numerous to name.
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