BUFFALO, Mo. – Benjamin L. Carter, 98, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 17, 2014, at Colonial Nursing Home in Buffalo, Mo. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Hettye W. Carter.
Born in 1916 in Van Vleet, he graduated in civil engineering from Mississippi State University in 1938. Waiving a deferment received for his work at Oak Ridge, Tenn., he volunteered for military active duty in 1943. He deployed to New Guinea with the 1311th Engineering Regiment building, docks, roads and an airfield. He was awarded a battlefield commission and was subsequently promoted to 1st Lt. After the war, he worked as a civil engineer on a number of highway projects in Mississippi. Subsequent projects included work on dams, power plants and large residential developments in multiple states, including Illinois, Texas and Louisiana. He and his wife retired to Buffalo, Mo., in the early 1980s.
He is survived by his nephew, Ben Douglas of Cape Coral, Fla.; and a niece, Mary Kringer of Burke, Va.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Robinson Funeral Home in West Point. Burial will follow in Palo Alto Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at robinsonfh.net.