Rev. Samuel Edward Carlton, 87, passed away at Garden Villa Nursing Home, Bloomington, Ind., April 10, 2008, following an extended illness.
He was born in Macedonia, Ill., April 6, 1921, to Marshall and Ethel Gibbs Carlton.
He graduated from McLeansboro, Ill., High School in 1940. He served as an airplane mechanic, in the Air Force, during World War II.
When he returned from the military, he married his grade school sweetheart, Martha Louise Miller.
He then attended McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill., and then Seminary at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, graduating in 1955.
As a First United Methodist Minister, he pastured at churches in Bridgeport, Brazil, Plymouth, Elkhart, Rochester, Griffith and Lafayette. He retired from full time ministry in 1986. After retirement, he served as an Associate Minister for churches in Dyer, Brownsburg, Pendleton, Fort Wayne and Farmland.
He was also a member of the Brazil Rotary Club, member of the Board of Directors for the Methodist Nursing Home, Frankfort, Council of Finance and Administration (CFA) as well as a member of the Trustees for the North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Alberta Carlton and brother Robert Carlton.
Survivors include his wife, Louise, and children Jim and Nedra Carlton, Jan and Doug Anderson, Joan Zimmerman and Dennis Burch, grandchildren Dianna Carlton, Jana Johnson, Melissa Osner, Mark Anderson, Bradley Zimmerman, Meredith Anderson, Mathew Zimmerman, and Molly Chasteen, great-grandchildren Nathanial and Zion Osner, Grant Johnson, Marah Osner, Elsa Anderson, Silas Chasteen and brother Don Carlton, as well as many friends, parishioners and extended family members.
Services will be at First United Methodist Church, Wednesday, at 10 a.m., with Bishop Michael Coyner, Dr. Douglas T. Anderson and Pastor Tony Alstott officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery.
Visitation will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Tuesday, from 4-8 p.m., and again Wednesday, from 9 a.m. until time of services, at First United Methodist Church.