Carl W. Custer, born November 5, 1916 in Pennsylvania, passed away at the age of 97 on March 2, 2014 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Carl served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Thereafter, he earned his electrical engineering degree from LSU in Baton Rouge in 1951. After college, Carl worked several years in the Washington D.C. area before relocating to Baton Rouge where he lived and worked until retirement. However, retirement did not last long and he was soon recruited by the Berger Engineering Group to be part of an expert team of engineers assigned to the South Pacific to assist local island governments in assessing infrastructure needs and becoming self-sufficient. All who knew Carl found him to be an intelligent and well-read man. His sense of humor and charm made him a delight to be around. A very caring man who loved his family and friends, he was always upbeat and ready for a social event. His reaching the age of 97 is credited to his ability to keep his cool, stay positive, eat right, play lots of golf, remain spiritual, and take naps. Carl's life was truly a testament to living well. He was a long-time member of the University Presbyterian Church at LSU, a volunteer for the SCORE program, and a civic-minded and vibrant participant in local events in the Baton Rouge area. Carl genuinely loved people and loved being involved in good causes. He was predeceased by wives Maude Custer in 1981 and Marion Stockwell Custer in 2001, and then by Lee Custer of North Carolina in 2012. Carl relocated to Emerald Isle, NC in 2002 and married Lee in 2004, starting yet another wonderful chapter in his life at the age of 87. Carl is survived by his daughter Janet Mazza and grandchildren Mary Beth and Nick from Ohio; stepchildren Carole Ann Whipp, Eric Minor, and Andrea Detwiler of North Carolina; and, stepchildren Anne and Buddy Stockwell from California and Louisiana respectively. Services will be held March 6 at Carteret Baptist Church in Cape Carteret, NC at noon with visitation at 11am. Burial will be at the Gethseman Cemetery in Morehead City, NC.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2014