Brian Carder | Obituaries |

CEDAR RAPIDS — Services for Brian J. Carder, 51, Omaha, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Reverend Mark Tomasiewicz and Monsignor Ralph Steffensmeier will officiate with the interment at the parish cemetery.

The visits will take place on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the church with a vigil at 7 p.m.

Brian Carder died on Saturday April 30, 2022 at his home in Omaha.

Levander Funeral Home of Cedar Rapids is making arrangements.


Brian Jeffrey Carder, son of Gale and Elizabeth (VanDeWalle) Carder, was born on March 10, 1971 in Columbus. He attended Boone County District 9 Elementary School and Albion High School, graduating in 1989. Brian continued his education at Kearney State College.

Brian married Leslie Rasmussen in July 2006 in Cancun, Mexico. The couple divorced in 2021. Brian then met Vivian Burns, who was his significant other at the time of his death.

Brian was passionate about building houses. He started his own company, Carder Custom Homes, and became a well-known and successful custom home builder in the Omaha area. He had a sense of design, detail and quality. Brian loved to make each home different and special for each owner, and he was willing and able to take on many aspects of construction himself.

Brian was witty, had a good heart and loved his family and friends very much. He was an actively engaged, proud and deeply loved uncle who could often be found at plays, plays and recitals for nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He loved to play sports and was an excellent athlete. He was also an avid Husker fan and knew a wide range of football stats from Nebraska and other teams. He would do anything for anyone, no questions asked. He was a gentle, hard-working man and he was the kindest human being.

Surviving Brian are his parents, Gale and Elizabeth Carder of St. Edward; significant other Vivian Burns; six siblings, Carol (Rory) Rowe of Eagan, Minnesota, Jim (Laurie) Carder of St. Edward, Jerry (Donielle Finnegan) Carder of Albion, Kent (Sheila) Carder of Albion, Teresa (fiancé Doug Walter ) Paulsen of Omaha, Janine (David) Krohn of Norfolk; and nieces and nephews, Kyle Carder, Christopher Carder, Katie Precht, Andrea Aylward, Kristin Carder, Keri Carder, Alana Beller, Kevin Carder, Erica Charling, Emily Olson, Elise Paulsen, Danielle Krohn, Celia Paulsen and Kalen Krohn; many great-nieces and nephews; ex-husband Leslie Carder; and other relatives and friends.

Brian was predeceased by an infant brother, Francis Neil, and his grandparents, Neil and Ruth Carder and Francis and Ethel VanDeWalle.

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