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Richard Delmar Carter
March 27, 1930 – Dec. 25, 2020
Richard “Dick” Carter

Richard D. Carter, lovingly known to his friends as “Dick,” died of COVID at the age of 90 on Dec. 25, 2020, in Portland. A former longtime Philomath resident, Mr. Carter will be interred on Saturday, March 26 (11:00 a.m.) at Buck Hollow Cemetery near Willamina. Buck Hollow Cemetery is located at 36745 Buck Hollow Road, which is north of Willamina just off Willamina Creek Road. The family invites all to the internment, but requests that people interested in attending please RSVP to Jodie MacLean at as there will be food afterwards at Coyote Joe’s in Willamina.

Richard Delmar Carter was born March 27, 1930 in Willamina. After spending most of his childhood there, he moved to Michigan at age 16 when his grandmother Stella Mae Carter (who was raising him) died. After one failed marriage, Richard met Betty Jean Clymer in Michigan in 1960 and married October 11, 1961. Betty and Richard were married for 49 years until Betty’s passing in 2009. Richard served in the Army National Guard for many years, and was stationed for a time at Fort Benning, Georgia. Richard returned to Oregon in 1976 with his family and settled in Springfield, OR.  They lived in Springfield until 1984 when after all the children had left home they moved to the countryside outside of Philomath.

Richard was a career machinist and after his first retirement, he went back to work as an instructor, then department chair in the Machine Tool Technology Department at Linn-Benton Community College. He loved teaching and wished he had started teaching much earlier in his career.

Richard is survived by a stepson, David Bowen, stepdaughter Linda Randall; and two daughters, Susan Wienecke and Jodie MacLean. After Betty’s death, Richard met and lived with longtime partner Pibbie Duell who also survives him.