Charles W. "Red" Carter, 74, died December 7, 2013 at home.

He was born in Fort Sill, OK, June 17, 1939, the son of Virgle and Ruth (Satterly) Linton. Red was united in marriage to Charmaine Casale on December 12, 1970 in Cicero, IL. He lived most of his formative years in Little Rock, Arkansas. Starting at age 10 he started helping at home by being a concessions seller at Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock.

One of the joys of his young life was going down to the train station and watching the circus train unload and following the circus to it's destination. Thus began his love of the circus. Red joined the Marine Corps in 1956 and served four years in peacetime. Upon his discharge he stayed on the west coast and began life as a ride foreman on various carnivals traveling the country.

After leaving carnival life he did many jobs from truck driver to working on offshore oil wells. In 1970 he met his future wife and they returned to Arkansas where he worked in underground construction with his father for the next two years. The family moved to a suburb of Chicago in 1973 until 1977 when they returned to Arkansas and construction. The family remained in Arkansas until 1985 when they moved to Wisconsin to manage Moon Valley Resort for Charmaine's brother. In 1987 he began his career at Milwaukee Valve in the foundry. He stayed there until 2000 when he bought a dump truck and went into business with his son. He continued as a trucker until 2004 when he got throat cancer and had to quit. He beat the disease that time, liiving cancer-free for nine years.

Red was a member of the Merrimac Fire Department as an EMT Firefighter for many years. He also volunteered in the Sauk County Salvation Army Disaster Unit. Red was president of the North Little Rock Optimist Club and Chief Ranger of the Independent Order of Forresters in Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife, Charmaine; a son, Ward (Kim); 8 grandchildren, Kane, Kirstin, Alex, Angel, Hunter, Paige, Duncan, and Shaw; a great-grandson, Kayden; and three sisters, Lois Ray, Sandra (Tommy) Rogers, and Judy Barnett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia (Richard) Stockton, and a brother-in-law, Justin Barnett.

A Memorial Service will be held at the FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 504 Washington Ave., Sauk City, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013 with Pastor Bill Kapp officiating. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated.