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106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913-856-7111
Fax: 913-884-7009

Ronald "Ron" James Carter

Thursday, September 6th, 1945 - Friday, August 30th, 2019
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Ronald “Ron” James Carter, Olathe, KS passed away Aug. 30, 2019 at KU Medical Center. Visitation 6:00 to 9:00 pm Sun., Sept. 8, 2019 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Graveside service, with full military honors, 1:30 pm Tues., Sept. 10, 2019 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to Fisher House Foundation, 12300 Twinbrook Pkwy., Suite 410, Rockville, MD 20852 or Interfaith Hospitality Network, 6315 W. 110th St., Overland Park, KS 66211. Condolences may be left at

Ron was born Sept. 6, 1945 in Bell Gardens, CA to Landon Harold “Bing” and Dorothy L. (Brown) Carter. In 1951 the family moved to Olathe, KS and then to Gardner, KS in 1958. Following graduation from Gardner High School in 1963, he attended Emporia State Teachers College and the Univ. of Kansas.

Ron was an aviator in the US Army and the Kansas National Guard and retired as Chief Warrant Officer (CW4) in 1996 after serving nearly 30 years. He was a dual rated instructor pilot, Chief Safety Officer at Forbes Field, Topeka and flew 16 different models of airplanes and helicopters during his career. He also served a tour of duty in Southeast Asia from 1969-1970 flying reconnaissance airplanes and missions supporting ground forces. He received many awards and decorations for his service including a Bronze Star and National Defense Medal.

The spring of 1969, Ron met Barbara Duffle of Atlanta, GA. They were married in Sept. of 1971 in Sandy Springs, GA and moved to Kansas to start a family. In 1973, their first child, Lance, was born and in 1978 their second son, David. Ron loved watching his sons grow through the years. He especially enjoyed their school and sports activities through high school and college. His proudest moment was attending their college graduations.

After retirement from the service, Ron joined Honeywell, Aerospace Division, in Olathe. He spent nearly 14 years with Honeywell and retired in 2009 having served in various management positions. After his retirement from Honeywell, Ron started a business with his close friend, Chuck Freeland, called “Bulldog Aviation”. In 2012 Ron’s youngest son, David, joined Bulldog Aviation working alongside his father; subsequently beginning David’s career in aviation.

Ron spent many years traveling in several parts of the world with the military and Honeywell. Barbara accompanied him on some of these journeys and they spent a great deal of time sightseeing, touring and tasting fine food. He also was an avid KU Jayhawk Basketball fan. Ron was a member of the Overland Park Church of Christ for many years. He loved the Lord and the people of the Church. He also loved his Lifegroup who met on Sunday evenings.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home; his sons: Lance of Sublette, KS, David and wife Laurie of Gardner, KS; three grandchildren: Ashley, Mitchell and Everett; one great-granddaughter, Peighton and one great-grandson, Killian. Ron is also survived by his sister, Sandra Carter of Gardner, KS and her son, Heath, and many friends he has been with over the years.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Bruce Funeral Home Gardner
    106 South Center
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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  • Service

    Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 1:30pm
    Leavenworth National Cemetery
    150 Muncie Rd
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  • Interment

    Leavenworth National Cemetery
    150 Muncie Rd
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Posted at 08:24pm
Losing a loved one is hard to endure, we at times feel helpless. But the bible gives us real comfort here at:(John 5:28)"Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." That loving promise tells us that one day we will get a chance to see our loved ones brought back to life right before our very eyes! Isn't that amazing. I hope you were encouraged and uplifted and believe that this world will not always be here there is a more beautiful future ahead.

Linda (Brown) Tanton

Posted at 11:39am
To Ronnie's Family: Though our paths were separate, we have not forgotten. My condolences to you in your sadness as Ronnie wings his way home. -
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Southeast Aerospace, Inc.

Posted at 11:17am
With deepest Sympathy. We have fond memories of Ron being so good to us since the very early years of our business. He will be greatly missed.
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Posted at 06:28pm
I am truly sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. My first exposure to the Kansas Guard was thru Ron, he was “ Kansas Aviation “, professional, knowledgeable, and most of all a friend. Always demonstrating what a true leader should be, he undoubtedly influenced many lives.
Even though we lost contact years ago, I have often thought of him and the good times we shared.
I offer my heartfelt condolences to Ron’s family and friends, may he rest peace
Jim Rostine
Prescott, AZ


Larry Burbank

Posted at 04:08pm
I was saddened today to learn of Ron,s passing. Sorry that I had not visited with Ron for many years. I departed Kansas in 1989 for a seven active duty assignment with the National Guard Bureau. To my dismay, we never crossed paths again. We were flight instructors together at the Army Aviation Flight Facility in Topeka for over twenty years. Great memories for sure!
I recruited Ron into the Kansas National Guard in 1972, when he left active duty as a fixed wing Aviator completing a tour in Vietnam. I recall calling his Gardner phone number, as I lived near Gardner at the time. Ron's mother answered the phone. I asked to speak to Ron, which shocker her. She thought Ron may have been in an accident.
My condolences to his family and friends during this very difficult time.
Larry Burbank
CW5 Retired
Manchester, Maryland

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