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Richard D. Carter

Richard D. Carter

Richard D. Carter, age 76 of Bemidji, MN died Friday, May 3, 2013 at his home.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Bemidji, MN with Rev. Mark Kindem officiating. Visitation will be from 5 PM to 7 PM Monday evening at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home and for one hour before the service on Tuesday at the Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Bemidji, Mn.

Richard was born in Bemidji on December 5, 1936 to William and Gladys (Norberg) Carter. He was one of seven children. Richard grew up on 11th street at the very west end and attended Central Elementary School. He was a baseball letter winner from 1952 through 1955 and a letter winner in football and basketball in 1954 and 1955. After graduation, Richard attended Bemidji State University where he continued to be active in football, basketball and baseball until 1958 when he joined the United States Army, Richard was assigned as DUKW driver stationed in France, where he was a member of the post football, basketball and baseball teams. In 1961 he returned to the United States where he began his 33-year career in underground tunnel and mine construction. In 1975 Richard married Delores Strand and together they have four children, Jodie (Mike) Wagner, International Falls, MN; Kim (Jim) Westrum, Bemidji, MN; Mike Smerud, Bemidji, MN and Greg (Bonnie) Smerud, Bemidji, MN, 13 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren. Sisters Dode Henson and Lil (Dude) Bliss of Bemidji, MN; and a aunt Elsie Norberg, Bemidji, MN.

He returned to Bemidji in 1995 where he continued to reside, enjoying his retirement and his novice abilities in golf and curling. Rich was inducted into Bemidji High School Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments.

Preceded in death by his parents, Wife Delores “Dode” Carter, 2 brothers Bill Carter and Cliff Carter and sisters, Deanna Johnson and Katie Hadrava and a grandson Zachary Smerud.

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