Former Grovertown resident John Richard Carter, 90, entered eternal life at 5:50 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016, in the Catherine Kasper Life Center, Donaldson. John has resided at the Maria Center for the past three years.
John was born on Oct. 17, 1925, in Eldorado, Ark., to William H. and Katherine P. (Macnab) Carter. After a move to Chicago,Ill., he graduated from Holy Name Cathedral High School with the class of 1943.
In late 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a teletype operator. While on ship duty, John lost a finger in an accident but continued to serve with his disability and was honorably discharged on Aug. 3, 1946.
By 1947, the family had moved to a farm they had purchased in Grovertown. There John helped care for the livestock which included goats and rabbits. He developed a love for gardening and later became a Master Gardener.
Through skills he had learned with the Navy, John was widely known for being a ham radio operator and for his electronic repair service he operated in Donaldson. John worked also as a fueler at the Grovertown Truck Stop and later he worked many years for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail clerk in Valparaiso before his retirement in December of 1991.
Over the years as an avid reader and a love for lifelong learning, John collected an extensive library on many subjects including literature and poetry. He gladly shared this resource with others.
John always remained devoted to his Roman Catholic faith and was a longtime member of Holy Cross Parish, Hamlet, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and then after moving to Plymouth, St. Michael Church. For many years John served on the Board of the Marshall County Right to Life as an advocate for the unborn.
For his many spiritual traits that made him a fine and caring human being, John had the love and admiration of many who considered him to be a father and grandfather figure even in the absence of having his own family. They will miss him but are comforted in knowing that His eternal light will rest upon him.
John was preceded in death by his parents; brother: William; and sister: Elizabeth.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.
Visitation will continue after 10 a.m. Thursday, July 28, in the Catherine Kasper Chapel, Donaldson, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:15 a.m. The Revs. Anthony Spanley and John Zemelko will officiate. A luncheon will immediately follow in the Catherine Kasper Auditorium.
A graveside service and burial will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 28, in the St. Michael’s Cemetery, Plymouth, with Fr. John Korcsmar C.S.C. officiating, follow by Military Honors provided by members of the American Legion Post 27, Veterans of Foreign Wars- Marshall County Post 1162 and D.A.V. The cemetery is located at the corner of Oak Road and Harrison Street.
Memorial contributions can be made to Marshall County Right to Life, Plymouth, Holy Cross Parish, Hamlet, or The Center at Donaldson, Donaldson.