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Dr. Charles ‘Bud’ E. Carleton Jr.

FARMINGTON — Dr. Charles “Bud” E. Carleton Jr., of Farmington passed away October 16, 2018, at his residence at the age of 94. He was born March 11, 1924, in Farmington to the late Charles Earl Carleton Sr. and Wilma (Denman) Carleton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Joan (Havinear) Carleton, his sister, Winifred Watkins, a step-granddaughter, Angela Pelch and dear friends, Alex and Flossie Hawn.

Bud attended Flat River Junior College where he was awarded a Navy scholarship to study Medicine. Earning his Bachelor of Science degree in 1947, Dr. Carleton moved on to Washington University School of Medicine. He graduated with a Doctorate of Medicine in 1949. After completing a tour of duty in the United States Navy as a medical officer, Dr. Carleton returned to his hometown. He joined the staff of Medical Arts Clinic in 1953 as one of the original founding partners, where he remained a partner until his retirement in 1996. During his 43 years of partnership, he served as President of Medical Arts Clinic. After the clinic closed, he was instrumental in getting Farmington Community Hospital built and was the first Chief of Staff. Even after selling his practice, he continued to care for local residents by serving for nearly a decade as the Medical Director for Hospice Care. Dr. Carleton served as President of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce in 1965 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in January of 1999. He also served on the Board of Directors of Ozark Federal Savings & Loan Association for many years. He was involved with Farmington’s Country Days and was honored to be Grand Marshall and Mr. Country Days. Bud was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed horses, going to the family’s cabin, and fishing. He was a life member of the NRA and loved big game hunting. He was a member of VFW Post #5896 of Farmington and the Elks Lodge #1765 of Farmington. Bud will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Betty (Cleve) Carleton, sons, Charles “Chuck” (and wife Jane) Carleton of Farmington, John (and wife Pam) Carleton of Warsaw, stepdaughters, Bonnie (and husband John) Pelch of St. Louis, Janet Hunt of Farmington, and Diane Hampton of Farmington, grandchildren, Carolyn Carleton, Charlie Carleton, Kristin (and husband Brian) Marema, Brian (and wife Chelsea) Carleton, Chris Heaps, Melissa Jordon, Justin (and wife Erica) Wichman, Madalyn (and husband Kody) Barnhouse, Samantha Hampton, Luke Hampton, and Jake Hampton, 13 great-grandchildren, special niece, Susan Hall, and many friends.

Friends may call on Sunday, October 21 at Cozean Memorial Chapel from 5-8 p.m. Funeral service at 10 a.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church, 425 North Street, Farmington. Interment will follow at Hillview Memorial Gardens. Memorials, if desired, may be made Serenity Hospice, 5272 Flat River Road, Park Hills, MO 63601 or Gateway Hemophilia Association, 4976 Eichelberger, St. Louis, MO 63109. View the video tribute, online obituary and share your condolences at cozeanfuneralhome.com.

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