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McCARTER, Charles W. "Mac" age 86, passed away peacefully on his terms, February 7, 2014. He was born in Kansas City, MO to Oliver Weldon and Mary Francis McCarter where he lived with his sister Mary Marcum (Jack) until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Stationed on a ship that never left port, he told funny stories on himself about his "distinguished" military service where he made a name for himself playing ping pong. However, as with all WWII veterans, he would have done whatever was asked of him. Upon his discharge he took advantage of the GI bill and enrolled at the University of Missouri and joined the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Employment at Republic Steel brought him to Cleveland, OH where he married H. Jeanne McCarter. A transfer took him and his expanding family to St. Louis, MO where his 5 children enjoyed growing up on a 48-acre farm. Being married to an animal lover meant living with multiple dogs, raising goats in the barn and hours, martini-in-hand, relaxing on his tractor cutting the grass. A downturn in the steel industry led to a change in career and a transfer with Barker Mfg. to Battle Creek, MI. Retirement at age 70 took him back to Cleveland to care for his beloved mother-in-law, Helen R. Gardner. When it came time to think about who was going to care for him and his wife as they aged, he moved to Dayton, OH to be near his daughter, Kathleen Carlson (Marty Carlson). His wife passed in 2006, forcing him to make a new life for himself as a widower. He enjoyed many family vacations with his additional children that survived him, John R. McCarter (Des Moines, IA), Margaret A. Schicker ("his favorite", St. Louis, MO) and Dorothy J. Kaiser (Dan Kaiser, Prescott Valley, AZ). Sadly, his youngest son, Timothy W. McCarter (Rob Green, Eastpointe, MI), passed away in 2011. His grandchildren also enjoyed their visits with grandpa, Stacy Schmidt, Cheryl Henderson (Scott), Christine McCarter, Matthew McCarter, Megan Noonan (Pete), Matthew Schicker (Terri), Andrew Schicker and April Carlson, as did "Squishy" grandpa's numerous great grandchildren. At home he enjoyed his days lunching with his many "favorite" waitresses at Granny's 4200 Place, Murray's, Culp's Café and The Brunch Club and Saturday evening dinners with his friend James G. Turk at Las Piramides. He maintained his sense of humor and wit, needling his daughter about the "obstructionist" Republicans and expounding on President Obama'smany accomplishments, until the end. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3:00 pm Saturday, March 1, 2014 at TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Avenue AT Rahn Road, Dayton, 45429, followed by a memorial service at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton 45420 or St. Vincent de Paul, 1133 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd, Dayton 45417. Online condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com

Published in Dayton Daily News from Feb. 14 to Feb. 23, 2014
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