Richard Thomas Carter, 65, and a resident of Sandusky, passed away Monday, October 29, 2012 at Toledo St. Vincent Hospital, following complications from an auto accident. Richard was born March 16, 1947 in Elyria, where he was raised and graduated with the Elyria High School class of 1965. Sandusky has been his home for the last 16 years.
Richard worked as an electrician at the Sandusky General Motors plant for 29 1/2 years retiring in 2010. Currently he was working for the KBI Company in Sandusky. He was a starter and groundskeeper for the Woussickett Golf Course in Sandusky as well. As an avid golfer, he enjoyed playing golf wherever he would go. He also loved to bowl and work on landscaping. He served in the United States Navy Sea Bees during Vietnam and was a member of the Elyria Masonic Lodge 787. Most of all, he loved caring for his family and dear friends.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Kathryn Elizabeth (nee Arndt); his son, Robert (Lisa) Carter and their children Halie and Jordan; his daughter, Cheryl (Pierre) Tristam and their children Sadie and Luca of Florida; his aunt, Mary Neuman of North Ridgeville; his cousin, Carol Greentree of Amherst and her children; and grandchildren, Amy Burnette and Carol Ann Kiley and Carol Ann's daughter, Taylor.
Richard was preceded in death by his brother, David Carter in 1984; and his parents, Bruce and Florence Carter (nee Harrison).
Friends may call Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 2 to 6 P.M. at the Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, Ohio 44870. A Masonic Service will be held Monday, November 5, 2012 at 11 A.M. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst, with additional viewing from 11:15 A.M. until the time of the funeral service at 1 P.M. The Rev. Alana Kelley, Pastor of Magyar United Church of Christ, Elyria, will officiate. Full Military honors will be provided by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard. Burial will follow at Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Back to the Wild in Castalia, 4504 Bardshar Rd., Castalia, OH 44824.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.