David Allen Carter

06/17/1958 – 12/25/2019

Obituary for David Allen Carter

A caring and wholesome man has passed from this world, and we are the lesser for it. David Allen Carter, aged 61, passed away at his home on December 25th, 2019.

Born in New Mexico in 1958, Dave followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Air Force at the age of 20. He served honorably for 20 years, including a deployment to the Middle East during the Desert Storm conflict, and was honorably discharged in 1998. Dave then began work at Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia, MO, where he worked until his death. During his time in the military Dave had served all over the country, and the world, but his greatest accomplishment was the family he made. He was a caring father with two children born to him, and five more that he lovingly accepted as his own. In 1991 Dave met the love of his life, and future wife Pati (McKinney) Carter, with whom he spent the next 25 years of his life. Sadly, Pati was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, and she preceded Dave in death in November of 2016. Dave is survived by his parents father Fred Carter and mother Betty Joan Collins; two children from a previous marriage, son Nick Carter and daughter Amanda Carter; as well as the children he was blessed with by the union to Pati, daughter Krista Brown, daughter Jessica Jones, son Zan McKinney, daughter Caitlin McKinney, and daughter Elizabeth McKinney. Dave was also survived by his six grandchildren Tyler (20); Brecken (11); Rooke (8); Emersyn (5); Ryland (13); and Torin (2).

Quick to smile and share a story Dave always had time to listen when friends or family needed him, and would do anything in his ability to make their lives easier. He was a consummate animal lover, who could be found at any time carrying around one of his beloved dogs Toby or Mitzi like a newborn baby, and had a passion for motorcycles and his riding group. His hard work ethic, love for family and friends, and his selfless nature will be missed by all that he touched.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia.

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Celebration of Life

06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Rea Funeral Chapel
1001 S Limit
Sedalia, MO 65301
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I am a volunteer at BRHC and Dave was a joy to work with. One day he forgot his glasses and I sold him some readers–so, of course, every time I saw him I would ask if he had his glasses. My husband & I worked at the Red Cross desk the day Pati passed away. Please know all of his family are in our prayers. Joyce Monroe
– Joyce Monroe
Dave had his share of ‘accidents’ and I never knew of him to complain about hurting, In fact, about the only complaint that I ever heard from Dave’s mouth was how much he missed Pati. No longer now, as he is in total peace now. I don’t think Dave ever said the word ‘no’ to anyone. Dave wasn’t loud, fast, or disrespectful…Just the opposite! I will remember him as honorable, quiet, with a just touch of ‘stubborness’, a good friend he was. There will always be a place in my memory for Dave.
– Keith Haulotte
I use to ride motorcycles with David a few years back, very nice person who will be missed. Prayers go out to the family during this difficult time.
– Chuck Leftwich
I have a lot of memories of David. He was a fine man and loved Pati dearly. They will.dance with joy as they are reunited. Blessed be to all.
– Theresa
The last (and best) memory with David was when he was repairing something in our department. He had to use a strong smelling glue and we were cracking jokes and laughing. It is a special memory because it was a genuine moment between friends. He will be missed. See you on the other side, David
– Helen Thoele

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