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“I just read where Sonny passed away. So sorry. You know we were friends and neighbors of Carters , --and you know how we all like you a lot - Mary,...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Judy Kuckleburg (veskrna) - SD

“My heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Elden. Pray to God for comfort at thisdifficult time. I hope you find comfort in the warm memories you have...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Anna Lews

“My brother, Joel Greer & I were classmates with Elden and his siblings @ Edens #40. Sending you our sincere condolences of a life taken too soon. ...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Alta Greer Empkey - Omaha, NE

“RIP Elden! Prayers & condolences to the family! ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Ron Ikodym - Shawnee, KS - Friend

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5 of 5 | Posted by: Linda Johnson Anderson - SD


Elden "Sonny" Clarence Carter, Jr. was born January 13, 1945 to Elden C. Carter Sr. and Mary (Lupton) Carter in Gregory, SD. He was the first of five children. Sonny attended rural elementary school and graduated from Gregory High School in 1963.

Sonny married Marvel "Bobbie" Schuppan on September 30, 1974. They were blessed with three children—Chad, Paige, and Raelynn.

Sonny worked for and retired from U.S. West Phone Company for many years. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs, IA.

Sonny enjoyed fishing, hunting, and farming in his early years. He enjoyed planting a garden and watching the sunflowers grow. Sonny loved watching football especially the Green Bay Packers and all television sports. His all time favorite television shows were The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and CNN.

Sonny was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who loved and put his family first and foremost in his life. His generosity for family and friends will keep his memory alive in all of us.

On January 20, 2017, Sonny died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 72 years and 7 days at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Vicki Mullen, niece Pam Rasmussen, and nephew Scott Mullen.

Sonny is survived by his wife Bobbie of 42 years, Council Bluffs, IA; children Chad Carter, Paige Carter (Moses Morris), and Raelynn Jansen; grandchildren Kevin Carter, Robert Carter, Danika Jansen, Trentyn Jansen, Mitchell Jansen, and Kessie Jansen; also three children from a previous marriage, Tammy Calabro, Steve Carter, and Shawn Carter; grandchildren Christopher Calabro, Marissa Calabro, Matthew Carter, Zachery Carter, McKensie Schwager, Kulter Carter, and Zoey Schwager; siblings Sharon (Leonard) Rasmussen, Bob (Jan) Carter, and Deana (Jim) Schultz, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Funeral services for Elden "Sonny" Carter, Jr., were held Friday, January 27, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory, SD with Pastor Marcus Ring officiating. A prayer service was held Thursday evening at the church.

Music was provided by Leanne Sinclair, pianist. Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art" and "When Peace Like a River."

Danika Jansen was in charge of registration.

Casket Bearers were Chad Carter, Tom Stevicks, Dan Vavra, and Moses Morris.

Interment was in Hillview Cemetery, Dallas, SD.