Walter Carter

Obituary of Walter Lee Carter

Walter Lee Carter, 90, died at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, Minnesota, on July 8, 2022, with loving family by his side. Walt was born on August 18, 1931, the sixth of Fred and Susan (Hoefling) Carter’s eight children. Walt grew up during the Depression–“but never poor”–on the homestead still called “Carter’s Corner” in Oulu, Wisconsin. Walt graduated from South Shore High School in Port Wing, Wisconsin in 1950 and later enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Reno, Nevada, Oscoda, Michigan and Labrador, Nova Scotia.


Walt married Arlene Mae Wigren on January 22, 1954. Walt and Arlene owned and operated several businesses throughout the years including the Texaco Service Station in Lakeside, Duluth Downtown Sanitary Service, North Shore Sanitary, Carter’s Crockery and Ceramics, and Carter Construction. Walt also drove school bus for many years. Walt was a car enthusiast from a very young age. He and his son Ron competed in many stock car races, primarily at the Proctor Speedway. Walt was a member of and participated in several car clubs including the Arrowhead Chapter of the A.A.C.A car club. He loved going to auctions and “going for a ride” in his antique and classic cars. Walt and Arlene traveled to all four corners of the United States, and many parts of Canada and Mexico, with family and friends and wintered in Mesa, Arizona, for many years.


Walt is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Susan Carter, siblings Elizabeth (Betty) Johnson, George, Fred Jr., Margaret (Peggy), Dolly, and Kathryn, wi+fe Arlene, in-laws Arvid and Gertrude Wigren, brother-in-law Dale Wigren and wife Marilyn, son-in-law Alan Erickson, and great-grandson Gabe Johnson. He is survived by his brother, Capt. Louis E. Carter, children Kay Erickson, Ron (Chris) Carter, Julie (Tim) Strom, and Randy Carter, and six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.


Celebration of Life

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Clearwater Grill
5135 North Shore Drive
Duluth, Minnesota, United States