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Gerald Carter 12/20/2020

Gerald Carter 12/20/2020

Gerald Robert Carter “Carter”, age 89 of River Falls WI passed away Sunday, December 20th, 2020 at the Kinnic Health & Rehab in River Falls. Jerry was born on May 15th 1931 in St Paul, MN to Robert and Delores Carter. Jerry spent 85 of his years in River Falls WI and was so proud of this town. He graduated from River Falls High School in 1949. After high school he enlisted in the Navy and served from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean war. Upon his return, he attended UWRF for 2 years. Jerry worked at 3M for 34 years and that is where he met his wife Jean. They married in 1988. After retiring from 3M Jerry became active doing volunteer work for his community. In 1998/99 Jerry received the Roger Horness youth and community service award. He started the food pantry drive which was always held the week after Thanksgiving, and retired from this after 25 years. He was known as one of the Grumpy Old Men. In 1997 he received the Citizen of the year award. In 2001 he received the River Falls Good Citizen of the year award. In 2002 and 2007 he received the 3M retiree community volunteer award. Jerry was a football referee for 37 years for high school and college. He was inducted into the Wildcat Hall of Fame in 2013. Jerry also served on the chain gang for River Falls high school and UWRF for 56 years. Jerry was also instrumental in both the Legion baseball and the Post 121 drum and bugle corps and volunteered on the honor squad. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Jean Carter. Together they enjoyed traveling, going to Green Bay Packer games, visiting with friends and having fun! He leaves behind two loving children from a previous marriage, Greg Carter of River Falls and Cari (Randy Bos) Carter of Scottsdale AZ; grandchildren, Tara Carter, Samantha (Andy Schweiss) Carter, Jacob Bos, Samantha Bos; two great-grandchildren, Hayden and Hunter; sister, Bonnie Miles; and many other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Don Miles; and niece, Bobbie Miles.  A private Family Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 11 am at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls. A public Celebration of Jerry’s Life was held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 2-5 pm at the Fletcher-Pechacek American Legion 701 N Main Street River Falls, WI.  Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls with Military Honors provided by the Fletcher-Pechacek American Legion Honor Squad.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the River Falls Food Pantry or Adoray Hospice.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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  • Jim and Jan Dawson Posted December 21, 2020 12:33 pm

    Jean and family, a great one has gone to heaven. We are sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He made us laugh for many years. Great memories.

  • Tom Osen Posted December 21, 2020 1:13 pm

    So sad! Such a kind and caring person! He will be missed. Always has time for others. My heart goes out to the family and friends!

  • Jana Feyereisen Posted December 22, 2020 2:33 pm

    It’s hard to put in words how much we loved Jerry Carter as a family as a community… He will be missed dearly! All our love to the family xoxo

  • Matt Walker Posted December 22, 2020 8:08 pm

    On behalf of the Falcon Football Family, our thoughts are with Jerry’s family. He will always be a Falcon! Jerry always had a smile for me in the middle of football games or after Fish baseball. A one of a kind

  • Barb Hennessey Posted December 22, 2020 8:17 pm

    Awww darn Jean! Sure will miss his happiness and laughter, but he’s lighting up the heavenly bunch! Such a great guy! Big hugs to you and family. Barb and Tom Hennessey thinking of you.

  • Cynthia Kotval (Fosse) Posted December 22, 2020 10:02 pm

    Greg and family, I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. It was a pleasure meeting him last year at the Legion. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • John Widdifield Posted December 23, 2020 2:32 pm

    Our condolences to Jerry’s family and loved ones. Jerry was impossible not to like. What a spirit. He certainly had “life in his years”. Thanks for your service Jerry. Rest in peace. John and Darlene

  • Kay and Bill Bos Posted December 23, 2020 4:48 pm

    We never got to meet Jerry, but felt we knew him from his daughter, Cari, who thought he was the best dad in the world. We began sending cards to Jerry in the last year. Know he will be a delight in the heavenly realm.

  • DeWayne & Melody Hovde Posted December 23, 2020 6:07 pm

    Greg and Family thinking of you today. So sorry for your loss. Its never an easy thing losing a parent.

  • Tim Early Posted December 23, 2020 6:19 pm

    All time favorite RF guy. Always active with the youth of RF. Our champion Legion baseball coach in 60’s. He will be missed

  • Melissa Lueders Posted December 25, 2020 11:41 pm

    Cari, So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He loved RF and everyone else that supported the community! He will be missed!

  • Sammy Eveslage Posted December 28, 2020 11:02 pm

    Jerry was a great man. Happy that Jerry and Jean had made so many fond memories in their life together. Our deepest condolences Jean .

  • Geri Posted December 29, 2020 12:54 am

    My heartfelt sympathies, Jean. I didn’t know Jerry well; but the times I visited with him was always nice. To the rest of your family, sending my prayers and love from Mesquite, NV.

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