Richard Taylor “Dick” Carter, 75, of Brookings, passed away on Tuesday morning July 23, 2013, at Good Samaritan Center - Curry Village.
He was born March 23, 1938, in Los Angeles County in California, to Carl Alphonso and Marguerite Clark Carter.
Dick was an avid baseball fan all of his life and his most enduring memory was being a pitcher with the 1952 Babe Ruth League baseball team from Pasadena, Calif. That same year, he went with the team to participate in the inaugural Babe Ruth League World Series in New Jersey.
Dick attended Pasadena City College and played baseball for UCLA until an injury ended his playing career.
After a brief U.S. Army stint at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Dick parlayed his education and fascination with numbers into a career in accounting and project management.
His job and love of travel took him all over the United States, making his home not only in Southern California, but also in South Florida, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. It was while working in Sante Fe, N.M. that he met and married Eleanor “Ellie” Packard, who would be his constant companion and love for the last 25 years of his life.
Choosing to escape the heat of the south and southwest, he and Ellie retired to Brookings, providing a wonderful place for children and grandchildren to visit for the last 10 years.
Dick will be remembered for his incredible storytelling, his deep bass singing voice, his infectious laugh and the enthusiasm with which he tackled all of the events of his life.
Survivors include his beloved wife Eleanor P. “Ellie” Carter of Brookings; brother David Bass of Laguna Hills, Calif.; daughter Kathleen Shuman of Waynesville, N.D., and her husband Bill; daughter Patty Sykstus of Huntsville, Ala., and her husband Ron; Patty’s mother Margaret O. Jones of Huntsville; grandchildren William, Emily and Natalie Shuman, all of Waynesville; grandsons Jack Sykstus of Atlanta, Ga., and Tom and Sam Sykstus of Huntsville.
He was preceded in death by his sisters Beverly Kennedy and Angela Dreisbach.
A celebration of his life will take place in Los Angeles in August.
Submitted by the family.