Harold Dow “Buck” Carter was born in Wichita, KS and raised in McPherson, KS, graduating from McPherson High in 1966. He went directly into the Navy where he served in Vietnam. Very little of his war experiences were shared because it was something he didn’t want to remember and put it in other’s minds. He was plagued by agent-orange and had multiple health problems for many years. He worked for Johns Manville 20 + years, retiring with disability. He lived in Hillsboro, KS for many years after retirement.
Buck loved rock music, a very important part of his life. Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Yes, Kansas, and many more kept him company over the years. He also loved old sitcoms knowing every episode, game shows, and most sporting events. Buck was an avid golfer, fisherman, gun enthusiast, loved the KC Chiefs, the Celtics, and the McPherson Bullpups, never missing a game until he could no longer attend due to health. He loved following the lives of his grandsons and nephews and nieces, always proud of their talents.
Buck leaves behind his son, Andrew Dow and wife, Dina, with their three sons, Zachery, Ethan, and Andrew of Lakewood, CA; brother, Tony Riley of Salina, KS; two sisters, Linda Kissick (Carl) of Marquette, KS and Dianna “Dee” Carter of Independence, KS; step-brother, Curtis Balzer of McPherson, KS; many nieces and nephews; and his loving cat companion of 10 years, Queen.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Dow Carter, Sr., and mother, Elmira Balzer.
He passed on Dec. 17, 2020, at the age of 72, in Wichita Wesley Woodlawn Hospital.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 19, 2021, at the French Creek Cemetery, Hillsboro, KS.
Memorial donations may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Harold D. Carter please visit our Sympathy Store.