Weller Funeral Home


Kenneth Leroy Carter

1 enero , 193025 julio , 2020

Kenneth L. Carter passed away peacefully in his home on July 25, 2020, with his loving wife, Clare by his side. Ken is survived by his wife, his son Doug Carter (Vyonne), Brian Carter (Sandy), Tammy Russell (Les), grandchildren; Andy, Trevor, Brandi, Dalton, his beloved brother Don Carter (Marilyn), and many caring nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brothers Tel Carter, Jerome Carter (Lois) and his sisters Mavis Dotzauer (Cyril) and Darlene Duncan (Norm).

Ken was born in Carthage, South Dakota on January 1, 1930. The son of Tellef and Judith Carter, Ken spent his growing up years in this small rural town, graduating from high school in 1948 and enlisting in the Navy later that year. After serving for 6 years, Ken moved to Everett Washington, where on a blind date, he met and ultimately married Clare in 1955.

With a love of the outdoors, Ken regularly took Clare and the kids on adventures camping, hiking and fishing, and he especially looked forward to annual treks to Pearrygin Lake, where a large “Carter Clan” would gather to enjoy fun (and mildly competitive) fishing trips. In the early years, Ken enjoyed watching his kids in their sporting events, and was always so proud of their accomplishments, both on and off the field.

Ken worked for 17 years at Simpson Lee Paper as a leadman, and later as a machinist at Dyson Industry, retiring from the workforce in 1991. After retirement, the adventures continued with Ken and Clare taking to the open road in their motorhome. Traveling coast to coast, they had a special love for visiting Ken’s brother Tel in Florida and re-visiting his beloved Carthage. Ken spent happy times with his son Doug fishing in Nootka, and many trips to see his son Brian in Alaska, with fishing always on the agenda.

Respect, love, honor and faith were the building blocks of Ken’s life. He was a proud man, a generous man, a man of faith and family. Ken had a full life of hard work, travel, fun and fulfilment, he shared a passion for travel, for sports, for fishing and perhaps most important, family with all who knew him. Ken is gone now, leaving an absence in our hearts, but never forgotten. His legacy lives on every time we go camping, hunting or hiking, when we catch a fish or when we make sure our socks match our shirts, (Ken was a very stylish dresser) he will be remembered and loved.

A private family memorial will be conducted by Weller Funeral Home in Arlington on August 7th. When it is possible, we will invite you all to come together and joyfully remember Ken.


  • Doug Carter, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brian Carter, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Andy Carter, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dalton Carter, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Les Russell, Honorary Bearer
  • Trevor Russell, Honorary Pallbearer


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Kenneth Leroy Carter


Diane Martin

4 agosto , 2020

Uncle Kenny's passing has been heavy on my heart. He was a wonderful man, a best friend to my dad and a better brother than he deserved. It seems like Uncle Kenny and Aunt Clare were always with us for adventures when we were young. Most trips included them and were way more fun because of it.
Uncle Kenny always had a kind word for whoever he was talking with. He often took the time to tell me how much he missed my dad and that he thought of him everyday. Now we think of you everyday and hope to continue your legacy through a spirit of adventure and the ability to make the person you are speaking with feel like the most important person in the room. It is truly a gift.
Condolences and much love to all of you, Diane

Cheri Russum

3 agosto , 2020

Kenny was always so glad to see extended family. I loved seeing his reaction at his surprise 90th birthday party. I'm grateful to have been invited as it was the last time I saw him. Such a happy time.

Kenny was a warm-spirited quiet soul. He was such a good friend and brother to my dad. I'm so thankful for the mutual love of the outdoors, family and heritage they shared, as it's been passed down to the next generation and beyond.

May God comfort your family in your loss. Please know I'm praying for you. Love you, Cheri

Lora Thomas

31 julio , 2020

The Carter’s were my second family while growing up. I spent a lot of my childhood in that household. Kenny was always the quiet one. I picture him getting home from work and sitting at the head of the kitchen table reading the paper. I never thought he was paying attention to what was going on around him until he’d make a response. Always a gentle smile and a twinkle in his eye.
I haven’t seen him many times as an adult but I always knew that if ever in need, Kenny would be the first one there.
To my second family, my heart goes out to you all.

Bobbi Cupler

31 julio , 2020

WOW !! Did not know this till now. Oh, Tammy, I feel so bad for you.
I was gonna say “how sad it is.” But, really Ken lived a stellar life and had a wonderful family that loved him very much.
Now, he can watch over them from HEAVEN; that is, when he has time. He’s gonna be busy for a while visiting with “ Auntie Alice” and many others. So give him a while.
Anyway, I know you’ll keep everyone informed on the services for him. Our condolences to the entire family.
And, BIG (((HUGS))) to you, Clare. Love you, girl.

Marilyn Carter

31 julio , 2020

We are so sorry! We send our sympathy and our love and we are grieving, too! Our family shared many happy times with yours as members of "The Carter Clan" . Great memories! May the Lord comfort you with His everlasting love! Matt. 5:4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted".

Monica Brubaker

31 julio , 2020

Uncle Ken had a beautiful smile and a generous spirit. During our visits he always took a genuine interest in my life. I didn't see him often but these memories will always be with me! <3

Ardis Johnson

30 julio , 2020

Clare, I am so sorry to learn of Ken’s death. I had no idea he was ill, so this is a real surprise to me. I always enjoyed seeing you and Kenny in Carthage, and will miss your visits. Kenny was always the quiet one, but seemed to have a twinkle in his eye while visiting with him. Even though I saw him so seldom, I’ll miss him.
My most sincere sympathy and love to you and your family.
Love, Ardis

Dayna Eden

30 julio , 2020

I didn’t know Ken, but I have known his daughter Tammy for 30 years and can only imagine what wonderful people would have raised such a lovely person. So very sorry for your loss.

Doranna Nocula

30 julio , 2020

Im sadden by our loss of a very sweet man! He was always interested in what i was up too and i always enjoyed hearing about family stories that would make me laugh! Claire your in my thoughts at this time of your loss and Heaven has a wonderful new member and what a reuion they are having ! To Doug ,Brian and Tammy there arent any words so im sending my love ❤


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