Bachelor, University Ozarks, 1942. Bachelor of Laws, University Arkansas, 1949.
Associate, Reid and Roy, Blytheville, Arkansas, 1949-1951; private practice, Blytheville, 1951-1957; partner, Oliver & Oliver, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 1957-1964; partner, Rader and Grimm, Cape Girardeau, 1964-1973; private practice with various associations, Cape Girardeau, 1973-1980; judge circuit court, State of Missouri, Cape Girardeau, 1980-1990; counsel, Finch, Bradshaw, Strom & Steele, Cape Girardeau, 1991.
Board directors Cape Girardeau County Democratic Committee, 1987-1988. Member Missouri Association Probate and Associate Circuit Judges (president 1987-1988), Legislation Steering Committee, Cape Girardeau County Bar Association (president), Lions (southeast Missouri, board directors council on arts), Chamber of Commerce (vice president).
Married Birdie Lane Wright, June 2, 1950. Children: Margaret Jane Rader DeBoe, Elizabeth Lane Hennessey.