Rader Insurance has been serving the Hastings area for nearly 100 years. Our commitment to our customers is what sets us apart.
In 1917, Lee Haggard founded Haggard Real Estate Agency in Trumbull, Nebraska. Mr. Haggard dealt with real estate and a little insurance for grain elevators. In the 1920’s the company relocated to downtown Hastings.
In 1949, Lee asked his nephew, Burton Rader if he would like to sell insurance for him. Burton worked part-time for Lee and part-time at Debus Baking Co. where he had been for 13 years. In 1950, Burton went into his uncle’s business full-time.
In 1957, Burton purchased the company from his uncle. Burton’s son, Larry, became involved in the business in 1960 after his mother, Freda, who was working in the office with Burton, had thyroid surgery. Burton approached Larry and asked if he would “help out” because in those days recovery from that type of surgery was a 3 to 4-week process. Needless to say, Larry never left and the business was in the process of growing enough to be able to support two families.
In 1962-63, the Raders purchased a house at 1130 West 2nd Street. With remodeling and a little addition, it was turned into office space still being utilized today.
Larry’s wife, Judy, joined the business in 1979, handling insurance claims work.
In 1980 Larry’s son, Rick, joined the business, full-time, becoming the fourth generation to work in the family business.
In 1986, upon the retirement of Burton & Freda, the business was renamed Rader Insurance, Inc.
In 2007 Rick’s son, Dustin, joined the business, full-time, becoming the 5th generation to work in the family business.
There are also two other employees in the agency providing assistance in the automated rating of personal and commercial types of insurance coverages along with the accounting functions and office management.
Rader Insurance is an independent insurance agency that focuses primarily on home, auto, farm, property, casualty, bonds, life, annuities, health, group, disability, medicare supplement, AFLAC, long-term care, and assistance with dealing with the Affordable Health Care Act (Obama Care) issues.
Rader Insurance believes that in a society of technological advances, a willingness to consider change is vital to survival. But they also want to maintain the personal service that has kept the business going for so many years with the help of family members. We take great pride in the extensive service provided with any and all types of CLAIMS.
Person-to-person buying/selling is important and our goal is to continue that philosophy in the automated world.
With the advances in technology, it is difficult but is the goal of Rader Insurance to maintain as much personal contact as possible in order to be able to provide the level of service that is important to everyone.