John French, left, and Joe Vader, right, study a playbook on the sidelines during the 1957 season. Vader, a captain for the Wildcats, died on Tuesday at age 84.

Joseph (Joe) Vader, a former Kansas State football captain, a member of the 1958 men’s basketball Final Four team and a pitcher for the Wildcat baseball team, died Tuesday at 84 after months of declining health.

A native of Kansas City, Kansas and a graduate of Bishop Ward High School, Vader was an athlete at K-State from 1956-59.

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