Danny Russell Carter was born on April 29, 1948, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the second of two sons born to William Perry and Evelyn Joan (Winegardner) Carter. In 1972, he and Karen Kennedy were united in marriage at the United Methodist Church in Ames, Iowa, and shared their lives together for 40 years.
They enjoyed having babies in the house: Conrad Perry, Ebon Dixon, Jeremiah Daniel, Elisa Beth, Joel Ray, Jonathan Paul and Josiah Perry. He had just observed his 65th birthday.
Dan and Karen both attended Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. Dan graduated in 1989 with a degree in Bible and Pastoral Ministries, and they were ordained with the Assemblies of God. Pastor Dan Carter served as a pastor with the Assemblies of God until 2008, and then served as a guest speaker until his eternal home going on Thursday, May 2, 2013.
Dan lived for large family get-togethers with grandkids, and laughter was always present in their home. He enjoyed living near the Skunk River, fishing on his pond, and sitting on his front porch swing watching birds. He also spent time operating a HAM radio, watching NASCAR, hunting morel mushrooms, and talking with his mom, Evelyn Carter. He never went anywhere without his mini vise-grips and a pocket knife.
Dan’s favorite, and most important pastime, was spent reading his Bible, using electronic study Bible programs. He was a man of God, and will be remembered as a Godly role model to his family. Jesus and his wife, Karen, were his best friends.
He was a loving husband to his wife, dad to his seven children, grandpa to his 13 grandchildren, and great-grandpa to his four great-grandchildren. The seven children and their families are Conrad and Christina Carter of Pinson, Tennessee, Laura and Cesar Gallardo, Alexandria, Isabella, Cesar Gallardo, Jr., Anthony and Jessica Carter, Connor Daniel, Paige Carter, Ebon and Ranee Carter of Boone, Elizabeth, Hannah Carter, Jeremiah and Jozana Carter of New Sharon, Clayton, Evelyn Carter, Elisa and Doug Klahsen of Pella, Annaleigh, Elaine Babcock, Joel and Sarah Carter of Springfield, Missouri, Josiah, Hudson, Mack Carter, Jonathan and Allyson Carter of Norwalk, Josiah and Megan Carter of Des Moines, June Carter.
Dan leaves behind his wife, Karen; his seven children, 13 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren; his mother, Evelyn (William) Carter and his brother, James Jesse Carter of Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his father, William Perry Carter.
Funeral services were held on Monday, May 6, 2013 at the Harvey Assembly of God Church in Harvey, Iowa. Arrangements were handled by Van Dyk – Duven Funeral Home.