Richard Dean Carter  Carter
Richard Dean Carter, 80, of Winter Haven, Florida, and formerly of Mason and Effingham, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Bay Care Hospital in Winter Haven.
Burial will be on February 17, 2020, in Bushnell, Florida, at the Florida National Cemetery with military rights.
Rick was born Feb. 20, 1939, in Grundy County (Morris), Illinois, one of nine children born to Oma (Smith) and Gordon Carter. After graduating from Effingham High School, he served in the US Navy. Later, he worked primarily as an independent trucker.
He married Betty Carroll on August 18, 1972. She passed away Sept. 11, 2017.
Rick is survived by one son, Ricky, of Knoxville, Tennessee; granddaughter Hailey; his dear friend Verna Chester; sisters Helen Niccum and Carolyn
Kinkelaar; as well as brother-in-law Al Carson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Gordon, Jr., and Howard, his sisters Lois and Martha, and his infant brothers Charles and Thomas.
Published on February 11, 2020

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