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BLOOMINGTON — George Charles Carter, 79, of Bloomington, formerly of Decatur, passed away at 4:17 p.m. Friday (April 7, 2017) at home.

The funeral for George will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. Deacon Mike Ellerman will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.

He was born Dec. 29, 1937, in Aston, Pa., to Amos and Ruth “Hannah” Steward Carter Sr. He married Chong Suk Yi on June 27, 1978, in El Paso, Texas. She survives.

He is also survived by two daughters, Linda (Doug) Ellerman, Bloomington, and Donna (Ken) Griffen, Kensington, Conn.; four grandchildren, Sarah Ellerman, Chase Ellerman, Selden Griffen and Rebecca Griffen; and three brothers, Harry (JoAnn) Carter, Downtingtown, Pa.; Walter (Sheila) Carter, Riverview, Mich.; and Presley (Joanne) Carter, Aston, Pa.

George retired from the U.S. Army in August 1983 after 26 years of service to his country. He was a helicopter mechanic and later was command sergeant major (E-9) over the 5th Battalion, 3rd Basic Training Brigade, United States Army Training Center and Fort Dix, N.J., and the 2nd Aviation Battalion (combat), 2nd Infantry Division.

He was awarded the meritorious service medal twice and the Army achievement medal for his outstanding leadership, high ethical standards and professionalism. After his retirement, he worked more than 20 years for the state of Illinois as a security guard for the National Guard Armory in Decatur.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project.

Condolences may be left at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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