Patrick C. Carter

Patrick C. Carter, 58, of Hammond, formerly of Carlinville, passed away May 26, 2020 in his home.

A celebration of life will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, June 5, 2020 at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Cerro Gordo. Strict social distancing rules will be in place.

Patrick was born January 27, 1962 in Carlinville, IL, the son of Karl and Mary Ann (Casey) Carter. He married Amy Walls May 13, 2000 in Carlinville. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army in 1982, serving as a military police officer and honor guard member at West Point. He then graduated from New York Police Academy in Kingston, New York in 1984. He graduated from Illinois Police Academy in 1988 and served on several police departments including Nokomis, Witt and Maroa.

He joined the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office in 2002 and later became Chief of Police in Cerro Gordo where he served for 13 years. He then became a part-time officer in Atwood while running his own plumbing business. Pat always told new officers that the No. 1 rule of law enforcement was to come home at the end of the day. So in honor of that, following the service, his urn will be placed in his squad car for a last ride along and a procession of police will bring him home.

Patrick is survived by his wife of 20 years, Amy; daughter, Samantha Carter of Shelbyville; son, Sean Carter of Hammond; stepson, Ben Breazeale of Decatur; stepdaughter, Alicia (Josh) Gilbert of Forsyth; grandson, Bentley Gilbert; father, Karl Carter of Carlinville; brothers, David (Julie) Carter and Michael Carter, both of Carlinville; nephews Josh Carter and Matt Carter, both of Cape Girardeau, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ann Carter.