John Carter, Jr.

John Cameron Carter, Jr.

May 30th, 1957 - March 17th, 2020
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Pastor John Carter Jr., age 62, of Watertown, SD, passed away after a battle with cancer on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 surrounded by his wife and children at Ava's House (hospice) in Sioux Falls, SD.

There will be a small private family service at St. Martin's Ev. Lutheran Church officiated by Rev. Paul Janke with plans for a public memorial service at a later date. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Watertown, SD.

John Cameron Carter, Jr. was born May 30, 1957 in Joliet, Illinois to John C. and Magdeline (Quade) Carter, Sr. He grew up in Lemont, Illinois where he attended grade school and graduated from high school in 1975. From there he attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois for two years studying Radio & Television, and then transferred to Northwestern College in Watertown, Wisconsin earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. John was united in marriage with Lauran “Lori” Surdick on August 30, 1980 at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Watertown, Wisconsin. John then attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin and graduated in 1986 with a Masters of Divinity.

John moved his family to Watertown, South Dakota in 1986 when he was assigned as associate pastor at St. Martin's Ev. Lutheran Church. He served the members of St. Martin's for his entire 33 ½ year ministry.
John was very active and loved spending time with his family, especially his three grandchildren! He enjoyed brewing beer with his sons and camping with his family and friends. John enjoyed woodworking, especially designing and building mission style furniture. He played guitar, banjo, and mandolin, and played in numerous bands throughout the years, most recently with the local band Relatively Painless. He loved making music with his daughter, Stephanie and his close friends. He also was an avid Chicago sports fan (but not the White Sox)!

John will be missed by his loving wife, Lori of 39 years; his children, Jennifer (Matt) Evenson of Arthur, ND, Eric Carter of Sioux Falls, SD, Brian Carter of Watertown, SD and Stephanie (Ryan) Gibbs of Watertown, SD; his mother, Magdeline Carter of Watertown, SD; his precious grandchildren, Lily and Sadie Evenson, and Kai Gibbs; his mother-in-law Mabel Surdick of Watertown, WI and his many brothers/sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, John C. Carter Sr. and his father-in-law John J. Surdick Sr.

Active pallbearers are Eric Carter, Brian Carter, Matt Evenson, Jim Surdick, Tom Surdick, Bill Surdick, Mark Harris and Leonard Reinke.

Honorary pallbearers are Ryan Gibbs, Jack Surdick, Howie Surdick, Marcos Avila, Kevin Bergdol and Don Sellnow.
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Allen Lonnquist

Posted at 03:12pm
Dear Lori and family,
May the Lord comfort you, today and always, with the sure promise of eternal life in Jesus!
I hadn't heard John was ill until hearing a prayer for your family at the close of Bethel, Sioux Falls, service online last Sunday. My sincerest sympathy to you. I'll add my prayers to the many others asking the Lord to comfort and uphold you.
I always enjoyed playing bluegrass with John back at NWC, Sem, and a few times after. My favorite song he played on banjo was "Dear Old Dixie". He liked my version of "Blackberry Blossom" on mandolin. He was a great musician and friend.
God bless and comfort you in this new chapter of life. May he bless you in the future as he has in the past, until all our hopes are fulfilled in the great reunion to come at Christ's return.
Sharing your hope in our Savior,
Allen Lonnquist, WELS pastor at St. John's, Omro Twp. MN
P.S. Here's a link to a bluegrass gospel song I know John would have liked. It expresses our hope in Jesus well.

Andree Hayes

Posted at 10:00pm
Please know that you ALL are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to your family at this difficult time.
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Roland Schwandt

Posted at 11:07am
My deepest condolences to the entire Carter family. I know Pastor will be greatly missed. May you take comfort knowing that he is at home with our Heavenly Father.
-Roland Schwandt

The Schlomers: Marion & Corrine, Stuart & Tiffany,

Posted at 09:26pm
Keeping you in our prayers and remembering these words from Revelation-Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.
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Posted at 06:13pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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