Since Milt Shrader became president of the McCloud Cemetery Association in 2006 and his wife the treasurer, there have been many upgrades and improvements that haven’t gone unnoticed.

For their many contributions to the McCloud Cemetery, Milt and Mary Beth Shrader were selected as grand marshals for Saturday’s Lumberjack Fiesta parade.

The 72nd Lumberjack Fiesta celebration starts next Friday, July 26 and festivities will continue throughout the weekend with vendor booths, a Little Miss Fiesta/Little Logger contest, softball, horseshoes, music and a logging show.

The Shraders will head up the parade – which promises to be bigger than ever with more floats – starting at 11 a.m. on McCloud’s Main Street.

Since Milt Shrader became president of the McCloud Cemetery Association in 2006 and his wife the treasurer, there have been many upgrades and improvements that haven’t gone unnoticed.

Milt has researched and organized the old cemetery records, finding residents and ownership of plots dating back to 1907. The records are now all on a database. He, with the help of the McCloud Alumni Association, placed markers on all the veterans’ graves, installed a directory and the white fencing that borders Squaw Valley Road. Milt rebuilt the ceremonial platform and flagpole that is used each year on Memorial Day.

Married for 55 years, the Shraders moved permanently to McCloud in 1997 after years of visiting their good friends Bob and Betty Gray. Bob Gray held the position of president of the McCloud Cemetery Association prior to Milt.

After retiring, Milt built a large home on four acres to accommodate their four children and 10 grandchildren when they come to visit. Both Shraders enjoy their hobbies; Milt is an avid gardener and likes to tinker in his shop and Mary Beth enjoys sewing and tole painting. They belong to St. Joseph Catholic Church in McCloud where Mary Beth plays the organ and they are involved in the church’s guild. Milt also belongs to the Knights of Columbus.

The Shraders have a history of community service that includes performing in the McCloud Heritage Junction Museum annual melodramas and being on the Area Planning Committee. Milt is also currently a board member for the Shasta Cascade Health Centers and Mary Beth is a long-time active member in the McCloud Garden Club, which is also a community service organization.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for what we do. We enjoy doing all that we do for McCloud,” said Mary Beth.

“In all the things I’ve done, we have had help,” said Milt. “There are always people willing to chip in to volunteer. Without them, this town wouldn’t get things done. I have worked with people my whole career and I couldn’t do all I do for the cemetery without all the volunteers that I rely on. The McCloud Alumni has also done so much.”

“Milt is the docent of the cemetery,” said lifelong McCloud resident Kelly Claro, who helped the Shraders with cemetery research. “He saved that cemetery when he took it over. He has been instrumental in bringing it up to code with the bylaws, databases, and directory. He has found people buried there from the early 1900s. He has done an amazing job. He was behind getting donations for the directory and the fences. That cemetery was a disaster before he took charge.”

“The McCloud Community Recreation Council is honored that the Shraders accepted the Grand Marshal nomination this year,” said President of the MCRC and Fiesta Coordinator Patty Ballard-Faulkner. “They have been very supportive of the community endeavors. We are looking forward to all the excitement of the 72nd Lumberjack Fiesta this year.”