The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Obituaries

June 6, 2013

Jack Carter

ROSSVILLE — John Clark “Jack” Carter, of Rossville, and Bonita Springs, Fla., died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Florida after a brief illness. He was 86 years old.

Mr. Carter was born April 19, 1927, to Clark C. and Fern Maude (Byrne) Carter of Rossville.

Mr. Carter is survived by his wife, Marilyn G. Carter. He also is survived by his first wife, Ruth Marie (Layden) Carter, Arlington, Va., and their six children, Christopher (Eileen) Carter of Joliet, Carol Ann Carter of Lake Forest, Bridget (Tom) Carter Frank of Glenview, Mary Hardy of Walnut Creek, Calif., John Terrence (Meryl Kramer) Carter of Mattituck, N.Y., and Thomas Clark (Celeste Widolff) Carter of Rossville; and their 11 grandchildren, Courtney, Connor and Moira Dugan, Tricia and Kevin Frank, Kyle, Claire and Grant Hardy, Zev and Aidan Carter and Doyle Carter.

Mr. Carter was a lifelong resident of Rossville who spent winters in Bonita Springs after retiring from farming. In 1945, after graduating from Rossville High School where he had been a star athlete, Mr. Carter joined the U.S. Navy, served in Washington, D.C., and was honorably discharged in 1946. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1950 and returned to Rossville to work his family’s grain farms around Rossville and Henning.

A fan of football, basketball and baseball, Mr. Carter followed local high school teams and state tournaments, the Fighting Illini, Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. He was a reader of history and other genres, a diarist and a traveler who had visited all 50 United States. An avid bicyclist, Mr. Carter in recent years shifted to a three-wheeled bike when he could no longer ride a two-wheeled one. He rode five miles a day into the last month of his life. Among his proudest accomplishments was putting all of his children through college.

Mr. Carter was a member of the Rossville American Legion and the Danville Elks Lodge 332 for more than 50 years.

A graveside service for Mr. Carter will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Rossville Cemetery. A reception will follow from 2-4:30 p.m. at Hubbard Trail Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Rossville American Legion.

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