Wesley L. Carter, 91, Mount Pulaski, passed away at 10:55 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 24, 2013) at Vonderlieth Living Center, Mount Pulaski.
Wesley was born Feb. 12, 1922, north of Mount Pulaski, son of Clair and Nettie Kusterer Carter. He served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a sergeant stationed in London. After the war, he was a school principal for the Lawndale, Latham, Armington and Minier school districts until his retirement in 1983. He also farmed south of Waynesville and west of Maroa until 1969.
He married Mary Elsie Gossmeyer on June 27, 1948, in Goodfield. She preceded him in death on April 28, 2003. He later married Dorothy Schott on June 4, 2004, in Mount Pulaski. She preceded him in death on Aug. 2, 2008.
He was a member of the Mount Pulaski First United Methodist Church, one of the founding members of the Minier Lion’s Club and helped his parents run a family dairy during the Depression and delivered milk before school everyday.
Wesley is survived by one son, John W. (Lin) Carter, Decatur; three grandchildren, David Ricketts, Mount Pulaski; Tina J. (Casey) Arvin, Safety Harbor, Fla.; and Gina M. (Ryan) Bazemore, Clearwater, Fla.; and six great-grandchildren, Ally Arvin, Mason Ricketts, Brooklyn Ricketts, Cooper Bazemore, Elliot Bazemore and Charlie Bazemore. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Charles; and one grandson, Derek Ricketts.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mount Pulaski, with the Rev. Rachel Stockle officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Steenbergen Cemetery, Mount Pulaski, where full military rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.