Walter Lee Carter, age 88 of Osceola, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2022. Walter was born July 27, 1934, in Mishawaka, Indiana to the late William and Mary (Quier) Carter. Following his graduation from Mishawaka High School, Walt enlisted in the US Army and served honorably until his discharge in 1962. On June 25, 1955, he married the former Ms. Shirley D. Heckman in South Bend, Indiana. They celebrated 63 years of marriage before Shirley’s passing in June of 2018.
Walter is survived by his children Kent Alan (Dawn) Carter of Philadelphia, Tennessee and Stacy (Bill) Dombrowsky of Michigan City, Indiana. Surviving as well are his grandchildren Katherine Carter, Matthew (Stephanie) Carter, Keith (Marley) Carter, Kelsey Carter and Kayleigh (Caleb) Marlin, along with ten great grandchildren. Also surviving is his brother Clinton Henry “Nick” (Vickie) Carter of South Bend. He was preceded in death by his siblings William A., Pinckney G. and George Carter, Iris Butler, Elnora Bryan, Zelda Rodgers, Mary Geans, Verna Lefler, Elizabeth McIntire, Marsca Serane and Jacqueline Love, as well as his grandson Christopher Patton.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at Cruz Family Funeral Home in Osceola. Funeral services will begin at 11 am Thursday, October 27, 2022, at Cruz Family Funeral Home with interment and military honors to follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Carter owned “Walt’s Little Steer” meat market in Osceola in the late 1960’s and later became the head grounds keeper at Penn High School until his retirement in 1997. In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling with his friends in leagues, playing horseshoes at the Mishawaka Horseshoe Club, and getting together with friends and family several times a week to play Euchre. Walt was also quite artistic and enjoyed drawing and painting pottery as well as woodworking.
He also enjoyed spending time with his family and dedicated his time to coaching his kids’ Little League teams. He and Shirley were quite fond of their grandchildren as well and loved to have the grandchildren over often to swim and have fun.
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