Kenneth W. Carter July 3, 1930 - Nov. 13, 2018 RALEIGH, N.C. - Kenneth Ward Carter, 88, a longtime resident of Plainfield, Vermont, passed away Nov. 13, 2018, in Raleigh, North Carolina, having lived a hearty life filled with music, adventure and a network of loving friends and family across the country. Ken was born in Buffalo, New York, and grew up the second of four children in a family of six, primarily in Arlington, Virginia. He earned his undergraduate degree from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and his doctorate in psychology from Ohio State University. Ken served in the U.S. Army during Korean War. Anyone who knew Ken knew his lifelong passion was music. His instrument was his beautiful voice. As a boy, his choir performed at the National Cathedral in Washington and as a young man, he was a member of a barbershop quartet. While raising his family in Vermont, Ken held countless musical roles with Plainfield Little Theater, Unadilla Theater, The Barre Players and A Taste of Opera. He later became a member of the Sacramento Master Singers. Ken shared his booming baritone voice at his children’s weddings and as recently as four months prior to his death, he delighted residents of his independent living community with classic show tunes. Ken was married to Mary Deuchler Carter for 49 years before her passing in 2009. For nearly 40 years beginning in the early-1960s, they were part of the fabric of Goddard College (Plainfield, Vermont) and later, Norwich University (Northfield, Vermont), where Ken taught in the graduate program and Mary directed human resources. After retirement, Ken and Mary moved cross country to Sacramento, California, to be near their son, Chris, and his family and to experience warm weather! Ken and Mary delighted in being grandparents to Michael and were integral to his growing up, serving as preschool pickup and later, devoted fans in the stands of his baseball games. In 2009 at age 80 and a recent widow, Ken ventured on a trip around the country, living out of a pop-up Aliner camper. He spent months on the road, with his longest stop being in Maine’s Acadia National Park, where he landed his final paid job -- selling tickets for rides on the tall ships that sail out of Bar Harbor. Ken later moved to Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he volunteered in the Antioch student co-op program that connects students with working internships all over the country, a program he participated in as a student and later helped run. After one brutal winter in Ohio, he moved south to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2014 to be with his three daughters and their families, including second grandchild, Katie. Daughter Lynn was his roommate for years, and served as Ken’s extraordinary caregiver until his last day. Ken is survived by four children and their families: son Christopher Ward Carter and husband Peter Morse, grandson Michael and great-grandson Mason, of Walnut Creek, California; daughter Stephanie Carter Caplan and husband Jason Caplan, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and grandchildren Hope and Cole, of Charlottesville, Virginia; daughter Lynn Carter and beloved granddog Dyna, of Raleigh, North Carolina; and daughter Laura Carter Scheid and husband Todd Scheid, and granddaughter Katie, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ken was predeceased by parents Clifford M. and Sarah R. Carter, and sisters Virginia McClintock and Eleanor Payne. He has one surviving sibling, sister Ruth Sullivan, and dozens of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews around the country. The family welcomes donations in honor of Ken Carter to the Green Mountain Club, whose volunteers have been protecting and maintaining the Long Trail since 1910. To make a gift to the Green Mountain Club by mail, please send your check to the Green Mountain Club, 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Waterbury Center, VT 05677. To make a gift by phone, call (802) 244-7037 or go online:

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