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Carl William Molter, Jr.

May 5, 1922 — January 8, 2024


Carl William Molter, Jr., 101 years old, of Frederick, Maryland, passed from this life on Monday, January 8, 2024 at Silverado Frederick Memory Care Community in Frederick surrounded by family.

Born on May 5, 1922, in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Carl William Molter Sr. and Minnie May (Schreifer) Molter.
He graduated from Johnson City Senior High School, Johnson City, NY in June 1940. 

He was drafted into the United States Army Nov. 1942. He was deployed Oct. 1943 where he served as a staff sergeant platoon leader combat medic with Company C 103rd Medical Battalion in WWII. He served in all five campaigns: Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge), Central Europe, Normandy, Middle Eastern, Rhineland, and Northern France. His unit was called, The Bloody Bucket. He received the European, African, Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Combat Medical Badge with Star. As a platoon leader, he was responsible for operation, dispatch, and maintenance of ten ambulances. He evacuated patients from aid stations to collection stations then to clearing stations. He had an ambulance of his own which he named “Betty” after his wife. After it was destroyed during the war, he named his second ambulance “Betty 2”. He returned to the US in July 1945 and was Honorable Discharged in September 1945.

Carl (15) and Betty (14 ½) met while he was playing baseball and Betty was sitting in the stands. He looked over the fence and saw her and thought to himself, that’s going to be my gal. He eventually introduced himself and from that point forward the only time they were separated was when he went to boot camp and deployment for WWll. Carl and Betty married when he returned from boot camp on June 13, 1943. Their honeymoon was spent in New York City during one of the dim-out’s to protect the city during war time. Their first daughter, Linda was born in 1946 and their second daughter, Barbara was born in 1948. They moved from Johnson City, NY to Vestal, NY in 1950. They lived there until he retired in 1986 and that’s when they moved to Seminole, FL. Their life together was always full of fun, loving adventure. They took vacations and traveled all over the world with family and friends. They both were active in the American Legions wherever they lived. 

He was employed by Endicott Johnson Corporation in Endicott, NY from 1942 to his retirement in 1986. He worked his way to be the Chief Executive Officer of the shoe division. He traveled the world to find the most cost effective location for materials to make shoes. During his tenure, he got to fly in the Concorde airplane and even lived in Puerto Rico with his family to build and open a factory. The game of golf was popular during his tenure. With that popularity, came the importance of golf shoes. This brought him to meeting many famous Golfers, such as Nancy Lopez and Arnold Palmer which he  also got to play golf with.
Carl was a long time member of the American Legions in Johnson City and in Vestal New York. Upon their move to Florida, he became a member of the American Legion in Seminole Florida and later Francis Scott Key Post 11 in Frederick Maryland. 
Silent Tears: Silent tears fall down our face; a lonely ache it can’t erase. They speak of pain, they speak of sorrow of all the things waiting on the morrow. They speak of love, they speak of loss of all the things that come at cost. They speak of dreams that have been shattered of all the hopes that once all mattered. Silent tears fall down our cheek; they tell a story, they share a pain we can’t explain.

He is survived by daughter, Barbara A. Porter; grandson, Brian J. Carr; granddaughter, Brandi L. Meese (husband George E. Meese Jr.); great-grandson, Zachary A Carr; great-granddaughter, Lorelei R. Bridgham; niece, Vonda Borzello (Molter); nephew, Donald Molter; many great and great-great nephews and nieces; his dear and close friend, Charlotte Burlas who he shared the last year with; the countless friends he made at Hillside Estates where he lived with his daughter Barbara and son-in-law Jim for many years; and the many staff members at Silverado Memory Care. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary E. Molter (2013); daughter Linda D. Molter (2016); brother, Wilbur C. Molter; sister, Jean Mikulski (Molter); and son-in-law, James S. Porter (2023).

A celebration of Carl’s life journey will be announced at a later date.

In honor of Carl Molter, donations can be made to: John R Webb VFW Post 3285, 5901 Old National Pike, Frederick MD 21702.

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