James Martin Carter
September 28, 1939 - May 3, 2021

James Martin Carter

James Martin Carter
Sep 28, 1939 - May 3, 2021

James Martin Carter

MUSCATINE, Iowa - James Martin Carter, 81 of Muscatine died after a brief illness, Monday May 3, 2021 at the home of his niece.

Visitation will be from 12:00 until 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers-Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the Friends of Pine Creek Mill. Online memorials: www.wittichfuneralhome.com.

James was born on September 28, 1939, to Harold and Florence (Higgins) Carter in Muscatine, Iowa. He was known as Jimmer by his close friends.

He graduated from Muscatine High School in 1957 and served in the US Navy from 1957-1959. He attended Muscatine Jr College from 1960-1961.

After working for Thatcher Plastics and McKee Button he decided factory life was not for him. He was more of an entrepreneur and from 1969-1979 he owned and operated Carendos, a successful Mexican Restaurant in Muscatine. After that he spent time traveling and visiting his family for the next 20 years.

Jim had a great passion for bowling and at the age of 8 he worked at Plamor Lanes in Muscatine setting pins. He loved to bowl on the Tuesday night league, his bowling career expanded 60 years and he bowled two 300 games in his lifetime.

Jim was the Head of Custodial and Maintenance for over 20 years for Wesley United Methodist Church. He also provided support to the members of Al-Non for years.

He is survived by his siblings, Harold Carter of Missoula, MT, Nancy Reynolds of Medford, OR and Robert Carter (Madelin) of Naples, FL. He had a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephews, including Lisa Starkweather, Shawn Carter, Roger and Dave Buresh, Jan Barnholdt, Rod, Erick, Trent, Mike, Terry, and Tim Carter, Debbie Thompson and Rudy Malnati.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, William Carter; sisters Donna Malnati and LaVada Buresh; and nephews, Robert Malnati and Jason Carter.


David Proffitt on May 7, 2021

Best burritos ever you will be missed Jimmer

Richard Pudge Lane on May 7, 2021

Jammer is with his buddy Rich Kerr cooking tacos together,great friends God Bless

David Sywassink on May 7, 2021

Jimmer was definitely a man of his own making. True to his word, a good friend, a great cook and just a good all around guy. To all family of Jim's, you have my deepest sympathy. Jimmer will be missed...

Rhonda Welsch on May 5, 2021

I worked with Jimmer at Carendo's for several years. He was a great person to have known. He was helpful with problems that arose and always treated his employees like family. He made the best tacos around! I will miss him very much.

Rhonda Welsch

ken brase on May 5, 2021

I became a good friend of Jims in high school and we remained friends. We used to see each other on the bike path and would chat. I know he was a Christian and he is in a good place now. God bless him. Ken Brase

Judy Brotherton on May 4, 2021

I will miss Jim a lot. Even though I hadn't seen him but a few times since he retired, it was always a treat to run into him. He was a real friend to the preschoolers and other students at La Escuelita Tutoring Center and Preschool. He was great at fixing the things they played with too hard and they loved him. He was a real friend to me, too. Jim was the kind of guy who paid close attention to what you liked, then would surprise you with it--sometimes on a regular basis. He kept my mailbox supplied with dark chocolate!! He did this with many of the people at Wesley he worked with. This part of the world is a little less bright now with the loss of Jim. Rest in piece, friend--and sing "Happy Birthday" to your heart's content!



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