Floyd Richard “Sarge” Carter passed away on June 30, 2016, at his home in Odell, Ore. He was 79 years old. Rich was born April 5, 1937, to Floyd Charles Carter and Ruth Caroline “Jean” Need in Hood River. He grew up in Hood River and The Dalles and graduated from Wy’east High School in 1956.
He joined the Army and spent three years overseas. After returning home, he joined the National Guard and retired an E6 Staff Sergeant in 1981 after 20 years of service. Rich was proud of his military years and had many great stories and loved his country. He was a born leader. In 1961, he married Mari Kay Pyles and they had two children, Ritchie Jeff and Wendy Jo. He raised his family in Odell and Mount Hood.
Rich worked for the SD&S Mill, Electric Coop and the logging Industry. He loved the woods and driving his log truck. He was a hard worker, and a great handyman and builder. He always took care of his family first. He loved and adored his children and grandchildren. They were the light of his life.
He was a member of The Legion and The Eagles. He enjoyed having a beer and a laugh with his friends and a game of Keno. He had a great sense of humor and made us laugh a lot. Rich enjoyed family times, watching his grandchildren’s sports and baseball games, watching Ducks football, and reading. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting.
He volunteered and drove for the vets for three years, making sure those guys made it to their appointments and really enjoyed the time he spent with them. His heart was as big as his voice.
“You are gone but never forgotten by your family and those who loved you.”
Rich is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mari kay Carter, his son Ritchie Jeff and wife Darla Carter, and his daughter Wendy Jo Carter; his grandchildren Tabby Foster and her fiancé Noel Princehouse, Erika Flores, Kirby Carter and Chantelle Carter; by great grandchildren Andy Foster, Caleb Foster, Courtney Princehouse, and Easton Richard Ropp; his sister Carmelita Miller of The Dalles; sister-in-law Leah Pyles of Hood River; Carol Lee Cook of Alaska; and his niece Marti and her husband Doyle of Parkdale. He is also survived by his nephews Jeff Miller of Vancouver; Bryan West and Shawn West of Parkdale; and also his beloved cat named Rowdy who is lost without him.
Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Minnie Crabtree (Gram), one brother-in-law and one niece.
Donations can be given in Rich’s name to his two favorite charities, which were Disabled Veterans and Wounded Warriors Project.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 14 at Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Please visit AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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