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Joel Richard Carter

Joel R. Carter, age 66, of Hudsonville, passed away peacefully at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, after a courageous battle with the effects of leukemia. He enjoyed University of Michigan football, travelling with his wife, many meaningful conversations with his son, playing with his grandchildren, writing, and music. Joel was preceded in death by his father, Albert J. Carter and his brother, Stephen R. Carter. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Judy; mother, Lois M. Carter; son, Stephen (Sarah) Carter; stepchildren, Kate Calderwood, Jeffrey (Sashi) Dekkinga; grandchildren, Emerson and Mercy Carter; Ella, Will, Noah, and Netsanet Calderwood; Lana Dekkinga; sister, Sharon (Richard) Algera; mother-in-law, Marilyn Weinke; sisters-in-law, Judy (Jay) Bussa, Susan (Bryan Newpher) Weinke. Joel will also be missed by several nieces and nephews, including his namesake, Joel (Kim) Carter and their daughter, Shelby.  In honor of Joel, a memorial service will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW. Relatives and friends may meet the family prior to the service on Monday, May 13, from 11-11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lacks Cancer Center (c/o Saint Mary’s Foundation) or Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods.



  1. A good man, that will remain in our hearts. Until we meet again.

    - Rick and Lucretia Racich
  2. Hey Mutt, you forever have my heart. I want you back, but so happy you are with your Father in heaven and able to breathe…..miss you, love you. We had the best life. ❤️

    - Judy Carter
  3. Sorry for your loss Judy. Joel was such a dear and special man and he certianly loved you and the Lord. Roger and I will cherish the times we spent with you both. Gone too soon but he no longer be in pain. Hugs to you and your family!

    - Roger and Jerrie Storm
  4. Prayers n hugs Jude. So very sorry for your loss. U r a special woman and Joel knew that I’m sure, as do all that know u.
    May the many memories comfort u and may God grant u His peace.

    - Penny Vanputten
  5. Judy, each “first” will be difficult but the memories are what sustain us. May God’s love give you strength and peace.
    In Friendship and Sympathy,
    Mike & Dot LaFontsee

    - Mike & Dot LaFontsee

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