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George "Don" Carter

George "Don" Carter

The funeral service for George “Don” Carter, of Wadena, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2013, at the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena, with Pastor Jacob Heppner presiding. Friends may call on Thursday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Johnson-Schuller Chapel. Visitation will resume on Friday at the chapel from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Don passed away at the age of 85, on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.

George Donald Carter was born to George Washington and Esther Emelia (Walstead) Carter on November 16, 1927 in Britton, SD. Don graduated in 1945 in Forman, ND, entered the United States Navy in July, completed Navy medical school and served until his honorable discharge in January of 1947.

Don and Shirley May Bodin were united in marriage on May 5, 1947 in Denver, CO. When Don came to Minnesota the Wadena County agent told him to “go back to North Dakota because Dakota people will never make it in Minnesota.” Don was determined to prove the agent wrong. He and Shirley made their home on a farm east of Wadena, and his life revolved around his great love of farming. Don, and his family, dedicated many years to caring for Shirley after her stroke. When time permitted, he enjoyed hunting and bowling, and he was a life-long member of the VFW.

Don was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, on August 23, 2010; his parents George and Esther; granddaughter Jennifer Lynn; and brother Warren Carter. He is survived by his devoted children Donna (Glenn) Mayo-Fearing of Wadena and Greg Carter of Moorfield, WV; five grandchildren & eight great-grandchildren; sister Marlys (Bud) Becker of Creswell, OR; brother-in-law Merv Berger and sister-in-law Patty Jacobson.

Honorary pallbearers will be all of Don’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Bernie Sabinash, Larry Clark, Dick Ealy, Shawn Mayo, Dana Mayo and Shane Mayo.

Military honors will be provided by the Elmer Goche Post 3922, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wadena, MN.

Burial will be next to his wife in the Wadena Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes’ Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena. (