George Hutchings Carter Jr.

George Hutchings Carter, Jr., age 89, born in Roby, TX, died Dec. 3, 2009 in Grand Rapids, MI.  He was predeceased by his wife, Marion Paulson Carter and a brother, Don Carter. He is survived by Sara Applegate; his daughter, Sandra Kay Carter and her husband, Gary Lehocky; granddaughter, Nicole (David) Rethamel. David Jr. and  Nikolas; granddaughter, Jasmin (Dan) Ilkay, Kyla and Elijah; brothers, Forrest and Dale and their wives and families.

George spent 10 years in the military after enlisting and was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Mounted Division. As a Platoon Sergeant, he trained recruits while stationed at Fts. Clark and Bliss, TX, and Camps White and Adair, in Oregon. He received a Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal for the Philippine Liberation, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, and the American Defense Service Medal. He moved to Vermillion, where he taught ROTC at the University of South Dakota and met and married Marion Paulson.  He then served in Japan during the Korean War. 

After returning to Vermillion, George owned a Texaco, then a Mobil service station for a total of 27 years. He worked the football "chain gang" for USD and Vermillion High School for 35 years. In 1977, he developed and taught the Vocational Auto Mechanics Program for Vermillion High School and retired after nine years. He served as a city councilman from 1982-84. George moved to Grand Rapids in 1995 and was a member of the G.R. Duplicate Bridge Club, Candlelight, Hudsonville & Socialaires Dance Clubs.  He wintered in Naples, FL and belonged to the Men's Club, Bridge Club, Billiards League and Convertible Club of Riviera Golf Estates. George was an accomplished ballroom and country western dancer and an avid fisherman.

A visitation service was held in Sparta, MI on Tuesday, Dec. 7. You can send regards to Sandy Carter at Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home, 88 East Division St. Sparta, MI  49345.

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