Saturday, November 15, 2014

Granddad - SFC Bruce E. Carter

Granddad had an accident on October 28th which resulted in severe (3rd-degree and worse) burns over nearly 1/2 of his body.  He was on hospice for around a week.  Mom and her siblings were all able to be with him for most of that week, which was a blessing.

Granddad passed away on November 5th.  Following are a few of the passages he had marked in his Bible.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Psalm 27:1

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.  He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
John 3:16-18

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God – not because of works, lest any man should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”
 John 5:24

“. . . If we have died with him, we shall also live with him”
II Timothy 2:11

“Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
John 14:1-3

“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor.”
Romans 12:9

“Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love.”
I Corinthians 16:13-14

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Colossians 3:2


SFC Bruce E. Carter, 87, of Mesa, formerly of Montgomery, IL, died on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Hospice of the Valley’s Arbor Rose facility in Mesa, AZ.  He was born on Jan. 16, 1927 in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Homer Bradford and Nellie (Neiberger) Carter.

Bruce was united in marriage on Nov. 29, 1952 to Eleanor Wilson and they spent the next 60 years together.  He was a U.S. veteran.  Bruce originally enlisted in the U.S. Marines, followed by a short time in the Wisconsin National Guard.  He then re-enlisted, choosing the U.S. Army as it would be more family friendly.  Thirteen of his 22 years were spent playing the sousaphone in the U.S. Army Band.

Bruce is survived by his children, Eileen (Dale) Andersen of Mesa, AZ, Alan (Jill) Carter of St. Charles, IL, Paul (Barb) Carter of Thawville, IL, Sandy (Bill) Mueller of Montgomery, IL, Linda (Darrell) White of Fort Worth, TX, and Steve (Cheri) Carter of Hampshire, IL; 30 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; his brother Sidney Carter, of Milwaukee, WI; his sister Gwen Volle, of Glendale Heights, IL and his sister-in-law, Marge Wilson, of Melvin, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Eleanor (Wilson) Carter, two sons, Philip and David Carter, and one grandson, Grant Carter.

A memorial was held on Friday, Nov. 7 at his assisted living facility, Brookdale, in Mesa, AZ.  A family memorial will take place in Montgomery, IL on Saturday, Nov. 15.  Bruce desired his body be given to LifeLegacy for scientific study, so interment will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL when his ashes are received by the family.

Memorials in Bruce’s name may be directed to the Cedine Ministries, Spring City, TN @

Some Pictures




We were glad we got the opportunity to honor Granddad as a veteran through the Honor Flight program last year.  That meant a lot!

We miss you, Granddad, but we look forward to seeing you again someday!