Carter Bader

Carter Warren Bader, 17, of Custer, S.D., went home to his Lord in the early hours of Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022.
A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Armory in Custer, with Pastor Neil Magnuson officiating. A light lunch will follow at Mt.  Rushmore Brewing Co. in Custer.
Cremation has taken place and Chamberlain McColley’s funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
The Custer High School Class of 2023 will be honorary pallbearers.
A memorial scholarship for those students interested in pursuing tech or trade school programs has been established in Carter’s name with the family business, Mayer Plumbing.
Memorials are suggested in Carter’s name to the scholarship fund and an account will be set up at First Interstate Bank.
Carter was born Feb. 18, 2005, to Philip and Shelley Bader in Kearney, Neb. Carter lived a life “his way,” full of love, adventure and a passion for the outdoors. He was a natural born outdoorsman who took great pride in hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation.
Carter took great pride in providing his family with many meals and freezers full of his hunting and fishing spoils. A true craftsman from a very early age, Carter enjoyed learning to fix and build anything he could get his hands on alongside his dad. In his most recent years, Carter had really begun to fine tune and improve his carpentry and plumbing skills and planned to pursue a career in the trades. There was not a motor that Carter couldn’t take apart and put back together with the help of his strong and determined personality and a few YouTube videos.
An adventurous spirit, if Carter was not hunting or working he was often found with his friends on a dirt bike or anything else he could pop a wheelie on.
Grounded by a strong and loving family, Carter loved fiercely and unapologetically. Family life was important to Carter and as his many cousins will tell you, he took his job very seriously. An honest lover of life, Carter always shared his vivacious smirk, laugh and attitude with everyone around him and never left anyone wondering where you stood or how much he cared. Nothing held Carter back from doing what he loved and those from all walks of life who have been touched by him are better now because of it.
Carter leaves behind his parents, Philip and Shelley Bader of Custer; two sisters, Madison (Tyler) Barta of Taylor, Neb. and Riley (Jesse) Burianek of Lincoln, Neb.; brother, Ethan of Custer;  grandparents, Mark and Karen Meyer of New Salem, N.D. and Richard and Gerri Bader of Broken Bow, Neb.; great-grandmother, Sharon Meyer of Gothenburg Neb.; as well as numerous beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and many special friends.
Arrangements have been placed under the local care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer.


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