He was born in Thedford, Neb., on Oct. 23, 1916, the son of Charles Otis Carter Sr. and Ellen A. (McCawley) Carter. He graduated from Morrowville High School, Morrowville, Kan., in 1934. He received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 1940 and his master’s degree from Pittsburg State University in 1967.
He served his country during World War II in the United States Army.
Charles was united in marriage to Helen Ferrier on April 2, 1944. They later divorced. He later married Joan Turner on July 2, 1963, in Chanute. She survives of the home.
Charles was a vocational-agriculture teacher at the Chanute High School for 22 years and then taught biology at the Neosho County Community College for 13 years until his retirement.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Chanute Historical Society, Chanute Area Retired School Personnel, Tree Board in Chanute, American Legion, V.F.W., Genealogical Society and published six books on genealogy.
Along with his wife Joan, he is survived by his children, Phillip F. Carter and his wife Diana of Pittsburg, Ruth E. Luthi-Carter and her husband Patrick of Preverenges, Switzerland, Carolyn Robinson and her husband Anthony of Prairie Village, Paul T. Carter and Glenda Lacey of Chanute, and Charlotte S. Ecoff and her husband Doug of Parsons; grandchildren, Christopher D. Carter, Jennifer J. Foreback, Calvin C. Robinson, Simon C. Robinson, Samantha C. Robinson, Haley N. Carter, Chelsie D. Wheeler, Laura C. Luthi and Anna K. Ecoff; great-grandchildren, Savannah Carter, Cohwen Wheeler, Joryn Wheeler, Kennedy Foreback and Kiana Foreback; a sister, Marcella R. Hunt of Lincoln, Neb., and a brother, Louis L. Carter of Morrowville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Loeva A. Carter; three sisters, Rose I. Schessler, Mary Ellen Uhlrich, and Mildred A. Blaha; and a brother, Mark W. Carter.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Chanute. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel.
Memorials in his name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church and may be left with the funeral home.
Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel is in charge of arrangements.