Carl Michael Rader
Carl Michael Rader
  • November 8, 1942 - November 15, 2017
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Carl M. Rader, 75, of Hot Springs passed away November 15. Carl was born November 8, 1942 in Seattle, Washington to the late Richard C. and Ruth J. Berg Rader. Carl spent many of his childhood years in Sunnyside, Washington on the farm of his grandparents. There he fell in love with rural life which remained with him through adulthood.

Carl graduated from Seattle’s Roosevelt High in 1960. Somehow he talked his folks into allowing him to join the Air Force directly after graduating. He was only seventeen.

A strong love of all things mechanical led him to becoming a jet engine mechanic for the Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, Carl worked as an auto mechanic in Grand Coulee, Washington for a short while before starting his own business in Seattle where he stayed for 25 years. Later he went to Simi Valley, California for 10 years.

Passionate about golf and motorcycles, Carl relocated to Hot Springs in 1993 where he opened a business repairing motor homes. It was here he found the comfort and peace of rural living which he had first loved as a boy and had longed for most of his life. Carl immediately felt like he was home. He spoke of his love of Hot Springs and all the wonderful friends he had found and loved.

Carl is survived by his sisters Karen (Ric) Stahl of Kenmore, Washington and Julie Lonnie) DeHart of Bremerton, Washington; former spouses and lifelong friends Jean Ann Moebius and Roxanne Rader; numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family.

Carl made dear friends wherever he went and to list them would be too long- but you know who you are and that he held you close to his heart. Special thanks to the Huddlestons and the Rays (Carl’s Arkansas Family) for all the care and support.

Any memorials or donations in his memory should be made to organizations which support our veterans.