Carl Procter - February 17, 2011


Carl Procter, 75, of Aurora, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at the Hamilton Manor in Aurora.
A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Higby-McQuiston Chapel. Inurnment will be at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Carl Dean Procter, son of L. E. and Ophelia (Raborn) Procter, was born at Milano on Aug. 23, 1935.
Carl served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years during the Korean War.
Carl was united in marriage to Alice Hill on Aug. 17, 1956 at Clay Center. They moved to Aurora in 1963 and on September 30, 1963 Carl went to work for NPPD as a meter reader. He retired from NPPD after 30 years employment on Nov. 30, 1993.
Carl’s hobbies were fishing, bowling, car races and being with his grandchildren. Carl was very fond of the following poem and wanted everyone to hear it after he was gone:
I’m Free
Don’t grieve for me, for I’m free; I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call; I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks undone must stay that way; I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow; I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me God wanted me now: He set me free.
He was preceded in death by his father; son, Michael Procter; step-father, Charles Neal; Grandmother Raborn; father–in-law and mother-in-law, Loren and Pauline Hill and several uncles and aunts.
Survivors include his wife, Alice of Aurora; two sons, Richard and Casey Procter; adopted son, Mike (Ann) Vettel; grandchildren, Dalton, Bailey and Hunter. He is also survived by his mother, Ophelia Neal of Burnet, Texas; brother, Charles Neal and family of Porter, Texas; sister-in-law, Jerilyn Daughtery of Kearney; two aunts living in Texas and seven nieces and one nephew.

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