Richard Carter

1939 - 2013


Richard Carter

May 15, 1939 — June 6, 2013

Richard Carter, 74, passed away at his home in Prescott on June 6, 2013, from cancer.

Richard was born in Harlingen, Texas, on May 15, 1939, to Porter and Lillie Carter.

As a young child, Richard and his family moved to the Pacific Northwest, where his family settled at Ayer, Wash. Richard and his siblings — Freda, Ron, and Bill — grew up at Ayer, located on the Snake River, before the dams were built. The river was wild in those days and the Carter kids had many wonderful experiences together.

He graduated from high school in 1958 in Prescott, where he lettered in football and baseball. Also in 1958, he married Patty Farmer and they had three children, Mike, Greg and Karin.

Richard started working for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1959 and worked as a brakeman for 42 years before retiring in 2001.

Richard married Jodi Kennedy on Jan. 18, 1979, in Walla Walla.

Richard learned to fish at an early age and loved to share the many stories he had about going fishing with his father, brothers and sister. He passed his fishing knowledge to his children and grandchildren. These experiences are cherished memories for all. He also loved to camp with friends, take trips to the beach and watch football and baseball games.

Richard loved to spend time with his family, friends and dogs Emma, Hoss and Holle. He loved to share the stories of his childhood and had a great sense of humor with a hearty laugh.

Richard is survived by his wife, Jodi of Prescott; sons, Mike Carter of Salem, Greg Carter (Dianne) of San Ramon, Calif.; daughter, Karin (Chris) Bowman of Walla Walla; grandchildren, Lindsey Jones (Craig), Brad Bowman (Amy), Jeremy Carter, Katie Carter, Ally Carter; great-grandchildren, Kooper and Jaxon Jones; sister, Freda Thompson of Walla Walla; brothers, Ron Carter (Joyce) of Milton Freewater, Bill Carter of Waitsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Porter and Lillie Carter; brother-in-law, Lon (Tommy) Thompson; and sister-in-law, Sharon Carter.

A celebration of Richard’s life will take place on June 15, 2013, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Parish Hall, 722 W. Alder, at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the memory of Richard Carter to Walla Walla Community Hospice or Starbuck Community Church in care of Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

The family would like to extend its thanks to his very special sister-in-law, Terry Byers, for her help during his illness.

Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at


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