John Carty

Written by Theresa Rose on April 23, 2019

John W. Carty, age 95 of Mt. Union, passed away quietly Monday April 22, 2019 at Sunrise Terrace Care Center.  Mr. Carty was born October 29, 1923 at Bina, North Carolina. He graduated from William King High School in Abingdon, Virginia in 1941.  He attended Mars Hill College in North Carolina until he went to work for the war department in Washington D.C. from 1942-43; thereafter he entered the army.  He first served as a radio operator but was later transferred to 10th Mountain Division.  He served in France, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. After his combat experience, including serving under General George Patton, John received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge as well as other various awards for his long term combat. After hostilities ended he was assigned to work with returning displaced persons to their country of origin. Later he was sent to a hospital in Garmish where he had bits of shrapnel that had become lodged in his legs.  Later after discharge, he attended Emery and Henry College in Virginia.  Later he transferred to Buena Vista College, where he met his future wife Doris Barnes from Churdan, Iowa.  They were married in June of 1948.  John continued his schooling until he graduated from Drake University Law School in 1952. During this time a daughter Dixie was born.  Upon completion of his law degree the family moved to Winfield where he practiced law until his retirement. He was a member of the Henry County Bar Association, president from 1961-62.  He also was a past president of Lions Club, a member of Good Faith Masonic Lodge, VFW, the Shriners and the American Legion.  In 1959 his son John J. Carty was born.  Soon after the family moved to the county where they currently still live.  Two grandchildren were later born, John Matthew and Kathryn Elizabeth.  In later years John enjoyed working in the garden and traveling throughout the United States and Europe.  He especially enjoyed the many trips he and Doris took to Hawaii throughout the years.

Survivors include his wife Doris, two children Dixie and John Jeffrey and two grandchildren Matthew and Kate.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

The funeral service will be Friday April 26, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield with Rev. Dottie Halverson.  Interment will be in the Winfield-Scott Township Cemetery. The family will meet with friends Thursday from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Honts Funeral Home in Winfield.  A general memorial has been established in his name.