August 28, 2017

Charles A. Carter 1915 - 2017

Charles A. Carter, 102, died peacefully on Saturday August 26, 2017, at Aurora Medical Center with family by his side. He was born on June 11, 1915, son of the late Charles and Fern Carter in Indiana. Charles graduated from Mentone Indiana High School. He also graduated from Chicago Aero Nautical University. Charles then moved to Buffalo, New York and worked at Bell Aircraft during the war years. He worked as a supervisor at Allison Airplane Corp.  His love for boat racing brought him to Green Bay, WI, where he owned and operated Green Bay Marine Mart. Charles and his partner, George Ver Hagen opened Carver Boat in Milwaukee. They later moved to Pulaski in 1999. The company is still in operation as Marquis and Carver Boats. In 1959, he married Betty Lou Esslinger. After selling Carver Boat Corporation, he went back to his first love, airplanes. They opened up Pulaski Airport and remained there for five years. He and his wife, Betty, moved to Florida, where they lived for the next 40 years. They soon started an Aircraft Corp. in Sebring, FL. They owned and operated it until they moved back to Oshkosh in 2005. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Oshkosh.  Charles is survived by his wife, Betty Lou (Esslinger); sons: Charles (Patricia) JR. of Escondido, CA and Gary (Karen) of Krakow, WI; granddaughters: Frankie (Allen Babe) Carter of Caledonia, WI, "Chuckie" Carter of Escondido, CA and Marnie (Jack Stubbs) Carter of Escondido, CA; grandson, Brad (Joann) Carter of Burnsville, MN; sister in law, June Backus of Oshkosh, WI; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; and special nephew, Mark Backus.  He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Toni Gayle Apelando; the mother of his two sons, Ethel Fisher; brothers and sisters-in-law: Alvin (Jane) Fauk, Henry Backus, William (Germaine) McGraw; father and mother-in-law, William and Elsa Esslinger.