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India Rader Stroope

Chairman of the Board
J. Mitchell

Funeral Director in Charge
Katelyn Dick

Office Manager

Katelyn is a 2007 graduate of Kilgore High School. She went on to earn her Bachelorís degree from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. There she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Katelynís parents are also Kilgore residents, and she has two older sisters, Lindsay and Sydnay and a dog named Elton. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling whenever possible and visiting her sisters Denver, Colorado.
Austin Metz
Marketing Director

Austin recently graduated from Pensacola Christian College in Florida with Bachelorette degrees in Management and Marketing. He is active in the community and is a member of the Kilgore Young Professionals. He can often be found at Kilgore's Chamber of Commerce event Morning Brew. Kilgore Bible Church is where his father is the senior pastor and where he teaches and leads music. Reading widely and many forms of including soccer, racquetball, tennis, and running are his favorite pastimes.
Chris Norris

Funeral Director
Chris Hachtel

Funeral Director

Chris has been a member of our staff since August 2007. He was born in Denton, Texas and grew up in Jacksboro, Texas. Chris is a graduate of Kilgore College and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service where he recieved his Funeral Director and Embalmer License. Chris married Monica Burkett Hachtel of Kilgore in 2005. He and his wife Monica have two children, Jacob and Maddox. He and his family attend Christ the King Catholic Church. He enjoys cooking, hunting & outdoors and spending time with family.
Stephen Wright

Funeral Director

Stephen joined our staff as an apprentice funeral director after completing school at Dallas Institue of Funeral Service in 2011. He completed his apprenticeship with us and became a full time director in 2012. He is a 1989 graduate of Kilgore High School. Prior to being a funeral director he was a LVN for 13 years and practiced in the field of long-term care. He is married to Jennifer Harris and they have a blended family of four children and two grandchildren, Michael (Bonnie, Parker & Hadley & Bevyn ), Logan, Leah Montandon and Canaan Wright. He and his family attend Grace Creek Church in Longview. He enjoys singing, cooking, fine dining and his children's sporting events and traveling.
Kristi Green

Funeral Director

Kristi is the newest member at Rader Funeral Home serving as the office manager and is also a licensed funeral director. She received her associate degree in applied science, Mortuary Science, in May 2010 from Amarillo College. She was born and raised in Snyder, Texas and she and her family moved to Kilgore in October 2014 and is excited to call Kilgore home.
Linda K. Ballard

Evening Visitation Hostess

Linda went to work for the funeral home on a part-time basis after she and J Mitchell discussed the need for a "week or two" of extra help as an evening hostess. That was over seven years ago. Today Linda is still providing service to the community and to Rader Funeral Home. She has one son who lives in Oklahoma, and three grandsons she 'oversees the raising of' at her home here." Linda works full time as a staff writer and ad representative for the Kilgore News Herald. "It has been an honor to work with this family and the many families that have crossed our doorstep over the years." She said. "Once you step through our doors, you become part of our family."
Birney Westbrook
Funeral Assistant

Birney joined our staff in 2014. He and his wife Jonell live in Longview. He enjoys watching and attending sporting events and traveling with his wife and family. They attend the Longview Church of Christ where they are very active and he is an Elder.

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