Obituary of George Louis Carter |

Obituary of George Louis Carter

George Carter

George Louis Carter, of Grass Valley, California, passed away peacefully, July 24, 2015. He was 96.

George was born in Los Angeles on March 10, 1919. He was adopted by William E. Carter, M.D. and Ford G. Carter and grew up in the Los Angeles area, France and the San Francisco Bay Area.

George was married twice, to Anita Simard in 1945, who died in 2011, and to Ellen Jones in 1975, who died in 1997.

During World War II, George was a B-17 pilot. He flew five completed missions, but his plane was shot down on the sixth.

The Air Force notified his family that he was missing and presumed dead, but he had actually parachuted and was injured, captured, and held prisoner at Stalag Luft I POW camp in Germany until the war’s end.

He was extremely proud of the service he gave to his country, but George didn’t often speak of his experience. In his later life, he wrote it out as a book to bring his experiences to life for his family.

After the war, George became a banker, retiring as vice president of the Trust Department of Wells Fargo Bank. His lifelong passions included golfing, working on his house and garden, and reading.

He is survived by his children, John Carter (Ritadina), Susan Smith (Don), and Bill Carter (Katie); and his stepchildren: Deborah Parnakian (Tom), Paul Jones (Kathy), and David Jones. He also leaves 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. His sister, Marion, left his nephews, Emile Frederic Fluhmann and John Ford Fluhmann.

As an adult, he came to know and love his birth parents, Edgar and Georgia Neyman, and birth sister, Joanne Hiller and her husband Don. They have passed, but Joanne left his nieces and nephew, Julie Filipiak, Michael Hiller, and Karen Armstrong.

There will be a private family celebration of his life.

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