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James Richard Carter

June 18, 1921 - August 10, 2008

SPRINGFIELD – James Richard Carter passed away at 2:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008.

He was born in Springfield, the son of Mary Ellen Hacket and Charles C. Carter.

James married June R. Bateman on Oct. 9, 1943.

James is survived by his wife, June; son, Jeffrey T. Carter of Carbondale; daughter, Jayme L. Lebshier of Edinburg; three grandchildren, Robert, James Ian and Allison Anne Lebshier.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Joel R. Carter; brothers, Harold, Charles, Edward and John; sisters, Bette Kastner and Sister Mary Baptist of the Ursuline Convent.

James attended Cathedral High School and St. James Trade School. He graduated from the Industrial Training Institute of Chicago. He was a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union 137 for more than 60 years. He worked for many years at Metal Air Corp., the state Department of Agriculture and the Illinois State Legislature.

He joined the 106th Calvary of the Illinois National Guard, served in Europe and was discharged after five years of service. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Oak Leaf Cluster and the Bronze Star for bravery.

He belonged to the Elks Club 158, KC Council 364, The Order of the Purple Heart, former member of Island Bay Yacht Club and a charter member of Christ the King Church.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at Christ the King Church, with funeral Mass at 10 a.m., with Monsignor David Lantz and the Rev. Donald Meehling officiating.

Private will burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.

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