George "Bill" Carter
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George "Bill" Carter
George "Bill" Carter, 86, passed away peacefully on Dec. 7, 2012 at Deaconess Hospital. George was born Nov. 19, 1926 in St. Clair County, IL to the late Ethel (Kelly) and William C. Carter. George lived in the small town of Mill Shoals, IL until his teen years when he moved to Evansville, IN. Shortly after moving to IN he met the love of his life, Martha "Katie" Shreve, whom were married for 62 years before her passing in 2007.
George enlisted in the U.S. Army in Ft. Knox, KY when he was 18 years old. He served in 2nd Regiment during WWII as a Technical Sergeant, training soldiers in field operations of combat tanks and artillery. He was a proud American.
As a member of The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 181, for several years, building power plants and roadways, he also was a mechanic for heavy equipment. Before his withdrawal, due to medical issues, he actively participated in voting in the Pension Plan, which is still in effect for all IUOE members today. He was very proud of that accomplishment, and was still very proud of IUOE Union.
George is survived by two daughters, Rhonda (Norman) Durham, and Cheryl (Curt) Richter all of Evansville; Survivors also include three granddaughters, Carla (Rafic) Hachem, Laurie (Jeremiah) Corum, Gwendolyn Caudill and fiancé Don Thurman. Also three grandsons, Brian Durham and his fiancé Deborah Anthony, Jeff (Michelle) Durham, and Eric Caudill. Survivors also include 20 great-grandchildren and his beloved companion Jake, his Boston Terrier. George was very proud of his family, and will be missed greatly by all.
Visitation will be Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at Memorial Park Cemetery, 2200 Mesker Park Drive, Evansville, IN 47720, in the Chapel of Remembrance from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Services will begin at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Paul Jacobs officiating. The Retired Veterans Memorial Club will conduct full military rites at the chapel.
The family would like to express thanks to the entire Deaconess Hospice Nursing Staff who cared for George. They all showed appreciated compassion and care during this difficult time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vanderburgh County Humane Society, 400 Millner Industrial Dr., Evansville, IN 47710.
Ziemer Funeral Home Central Chapel at 626 N. First Ave. is in charge of the service and flowers may be sent to the funeral home.
Condolences may be made to the family online at www.ziemerfuneralhome.com
Ziemer Funeral Home Central
626 N 1st Ave
Evansville, IN 47710
Published in Courier Press on Dec. 9, 2012