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“I wish the Carter family my sincere condolences. I have many fond memories of riding horses and playing together as children. Please remember, "Death...Read More »
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“So sorry for your loss Carter family! Bill was a great man with so many stories. Loved to listen to him talk about Avery and the area learned a lot...Read More »
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“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. You have many memories and good times to keep with you always!! ”
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“Sorry to hear about Bill may he rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers for the Carter Family. ”
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“Carter Family - Condolences on the death of Bill. He always had a story or joke for you. Sorry for the loss of your father. Diane and Phil Whitson ”
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“Gary and Bonnie, I am so sorry for you and your family for the loss of dad. Its always hard. Fran Hess ”
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William Carl Carter, age 89, of Albia, passed away March 20, 2015 at the Monroe Care Center in Albia.

He was born June 7, 1925 to Jess and Icle (Moss) Carter in Avery, Iowa. He attended school in Avery. After school, he joined the United States Army Infantry and served his country in the Battle of the Bulge. On January 6, 1947 he married Madelyn May Palmer in Ottumwa, Iowa, and to this union 5 children were born, Carl, Gary, Darrell, Michael, and Steven.

Bill worked at John Morrell's in Ottumwa for 27 years before retiring in 1973. He was a member of the American Legion in Albia. Bill was an all around athlete. As a pitcher, he threw a no hitter in the Morrell Kitten Ball League. Bill enjoyed skating, bowling, fishing, hunting and was an avid outdoorsman. He liked to travel, especially to Las Vegas and St. Louis to watch the Cardinals play.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Madelyn Carter; 5 sons, Carl (Connie) Carter of Albia, Gary (Bonnie) Carter of Albia, Darrell (Faith) Carter of Avery, Michael Carter of Albia, and Steven "Wolf" (Donna) Carter of Melrose; 7 grandchildren, Bill (Kristine) Carter, Tina (Steve) Beary, Brian (Becca) Carter, Toni (Barry) Smith, Clint (Brooke) Carter, Scott (Nickie) Carter, and Todd (Amber) Carter; 17 great grandchildren, and a sister Louise Kosmach of Lockman, Iowa

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jess and Icle; 3 sisters, Zella Poe, Lucille McPhearson, and Betty Chase; a brother, Eugene Carter; and a great grandson, Zachary Beary.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia. Burial will follow services at the Oak View Cemetery in Albia with military rites provided by the American Legion of Albia, Melrose, and Lovilia.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Bill's family present from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

A memorial has been established to Monroe County Little League or the Albia Sports Complex.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.tharpfh.com.