Jan. 31, 1939 - April 27, 2013
CONSTANTINE, Mich. — Richard D. “Dick” Carter, 74, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born in a farmhouse in Cass County on Jan. 31, 1939, a son of Lazelle and Grace (Kantz) Carter.
Dick graduated from Constantine High School in 1957 and served in the U.S. Air Force for four years.
On May 28, 1960, he married Rosemary Young at Sturgis United Methodist Church.
Dick completed his tool and die apprenticeship at Excel in Elkhart, Ind., and worked at Amstrong Machine Works in Three Rivers, retiring on June 1, 2004. He also worked at a musical instrument factory in Elkhart, owned Dick’s Custom Painting during the ’60s and ’70s, and operated Dick Carter Photography since 1985. Dick had been a fixture at most Constantine athletic events and area race tracks, as well as many graduations and weddings. He was a street rod enthusiast and was a member of the National Street Rod Association, Vintage Street Rod Association and Good Guys Rod & Custom Association.
Surviving are his wife, Rosemary Carter of Constantine; daughter Robyn (Karl) Hagerman of Petersburg, Alaska; son Randal (Kathy) Carter of Caledonia; grandchildren Ryan Carter, Katrina Carter, Kyle Hagerman, Tucker Hagerman and Tatum Hagerman; and brother Robert (Marsha) Carter of Crystal Lake, Ill., and his children, Jason Carter and Jill Stanley.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Relatives and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at Eley Funeral Home in Constantine. Religious services will be at Constantine United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, with the Rev. Scott Manning officiating. Interment will be in Constantine Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Constantine Athletic Boosters. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.