Carol J. Rader

May 19, 1942 ~ February 26, 2019

Carol Joan Fast Rader, 76, of Caldwell, retired Swaney Elementary School teacher, died Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at her residence in Caldwell.

She was born the daughter of Rudolph and Emma (Neumann) Fast May 19, 1942 at Caldwell, Kansas.

Carol was united in marriage to Larry David Rader, July 1, 1962 at the Caldwell United Methodist Church. To this union two children were born, David and Lori.

Carol was a member of the PEO, United Methodist Women, Starlight Club and Assistant League of Oklahoma.

She enjoyed traveling and playing golf.  Carol was a youth group leader, piano player and teacher, volunteered for the CES Reading Program and cheered for K-State.  She also enjoyed attending her grandsons’ activities.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Rudolph and Emma Fast; sister, Betty Janzen; brothers Chester Fast and Rudy Jo Fast.

Survivors include her husband, Larry; son, David of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; daughter, Lori Barnes and her husband Woody of Caldwell, Kansas; grandson’s, Daniel and Will Barnes of Caldwell; brothers, Lee Fast of Mulvane, Randy Fast of Carrolton, Texas; sisters Norma White and Karen Sturm both of Caldwell, Kansas.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2019 at the United Methodist Church, Caldwell.  Interment will be in the Caldwell City Cemetery, Caldwell, Kansas.

Memorials may be given in memory of Carol to the Good Shepherd Hospice or to Swaney PTS c/o Carol Rader Memorial Fund and left in care of the mortuary.



Thinking of you all. Knowing Carol is now at peace will hopefully be a comfort to you all. Many memories of her and all her family will be cherished.
RIP Carol

Larry I just talked with Sherry about her visit with you. We spent some moments remembering the times we had with you two. It brought back many memories and reminded me why I have respected and loved you both so much. Carol and you have impacted many people and I count myself blessed to have known and spent time with you both.

How do you say goodbye to someone who had such an impact on your life?. Thank you Carol for your beautiful example, for your patience in teaching us God's love and God's word, and for the love we always felt when we were with you. Larry, Lori and David; May God grant you comfort and peace knowing that Carol is now at peace and rejoicing with our Lord.

I have many fond memories of knowing Carol. She was a fun person. We that taught wth her at Swaney remember her many fine qualities.

    As a former Swaney teacher, I have so many great memories of Carol.  Both of my boys, Chris and Matt, were fortunate to have her as their 5th grade teacher.  They especially remember her KU-KSU wagers for Snickers bars.  She certainly made the classroom fun for all.

     Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


We are sorry to hear about Carol. I remember her always in the kitchen doing something for all of you. She had a great smile and a caring voice. Prayers and hugs to all of you.   

Larry, David and Lori,

I am very sorry to hear about Carol.  You have my deepest sympathy.

Larry Gross

Carol was our son, Ryan’s favorite teacher. She had his number( so to speak) and inspired him to learn. Her teaching methods made school fun and interesting. We are saddened by Carol’s death but rejoice, that we knew and loved her.

Sorry I missed Carol's service, just found out about her passing. One of the things that stood out about Carol was her resemblance to her mom as she got a little older. Emma was a wonderful lady and fine example for her kids. When we moved to town in 1958, I believe half of my time was spent at the Fast home, which R.J. became one of my best friends. Rest in peace Carol!