Curtis “Curt” Carter


On Saturday, December 19, 2020, Curtis Harley Carter, a loving husband, and father, passed away at the age of 86. Curtis was born on April 29, 1934 in Amboy Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota to Harley and Anna (Everill) Carter. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church of Jeffers.

Curtis married Geraldine Ione Lien at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook on December 7, 1951. Together they raised three children, Billy, Timmy, and Kristi.

He enlisted in the US Army in 1953. While serving in the Army, he built powerlines through the mountains in Colorado, and was a member of the National Honor Guard. Curtis was honorably discharged in 1955 when he returned to the Jeffers area where he farmed for ten years. In 1963, Curtis and Gerry moved to Jeffers and began his 33-year career with South Central Electric, as a Line Foreman.

Curtis served many terms on the Jeffers City Council. During retirement, Curtis enjoyed working part-time for Cottonwood County as a bailiff, delivering motor homes and working at New Vision Coop.

Curtis was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying many years of hunting, trapping and arrowhead hunting. In 2016, Curtis was honored by the Minnesota Trappers Association with a Trapper Hall of Fame Award.

Curtis is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Geraldine; his three children, two sons Billy (Kathleen) Carter, and Timmy (Judy) Carter, and his daughter, Kristi (Steven) Sell; seven grandchildren, Amber (Joe) Montey, Brook (Mike) Pressley, Courtney (Nathan) Abernathy, Brandon (Cheri) Carter, William (Carrie) Sell, Jacob (Lindsey) Sell and Krystle (Adam) Warnke; nine great-grandchildren, Tucker Montey, Malita Pressley, Baya Abernathy, Curtis Carter, Carter, Brockton and Baylor Sell, Nolan and Landon Warnke; his extended family three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Curtis is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Dustin Curtis Carter; two brothers in infancy; and eight sisters, Lorayne Caauwe, Barbara Hartwick, Marjorie Smith, Iris Knudson, June Cook, Berniece Olson, Joye Heckert and Dawn Schmidt.

Blessed be the memory of Curtis Harley Carter.

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