Carter Harris Moser, 85, was born in Saint Louis, MO on May 3, 1933 and passed away in Wellington, on March 29, 2019.     He married Janice Kay Donathan in Tulsa, OK, on April 2, 1960.   Carter exemplified a life of service and devotion to his family and country.  He grew up in Wellington, and graduated from Wellington High School, Class of 1951, before attending Kansas State University.  In 1954, he joined the United States Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet (NavCad). Upon completion of NavCad training, flying the SNJ, T-28 and S-2, he was commissioned as a Naval Officer and Aviator in 1956.     He had a rich and diversified 24-year career as a Naval Aviator.  Early in his Navy career, he flew helicopters including the Bell HTL, Piasecki HUP, Sikorsky H-34 (HUS) and Kaman UH-2, completing multiple deployments around the world.  Most notably, he traveled to Antarctica on an early expeditionary phase of Operation Deep Freeze. He also survived a HUP crash in the South Pacific, subsequent to an engine failure.   After completing transition to fixed-wing attack aircraft, he deployed to Vietnam in 1967-1968 on the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVN-43), flying combat missions in the Douglas A-1 Skyraider.  Shortly after returning from Vietnam, he flew a Japanese “Zero” in the movie Tora Tora Tora.  He completed his aviation assignments flying the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and Vought A-7 Corsair attack jets.  After completing an engineering degree at the Naval Postgraduate School, he finished his US Navy career as the commanding officer of a naval reserve unit in California.     Upon retirement from the Navy in 1978, he moved back to his hometown of Wellington, where he and Janice designed and built their dream home.  Carter spent several years in engineering management with Cessna Aircraft and the US Air Force at McConnell AFB. During that time, he also completed Master degrees in environmental engineering and human resource management. Post-retirement he worked as an environmental engineering training consultant.   Carter enjoyed working with tools and could fix or make just about anything with ingenuity, precision and patience.  He built the best in-home wood and metal machine shop on the west-side of Wellington.   Carter was a long-time member of the Wellington First Presbyterian Church.  He was an avid supporter of conservative causes and always modeled the best of American patriotism, citizenship, and responsibility.   Carter was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothea McIntire and step-father Donald McIntire.  Carter is survived by his wife, Janice, of Wellington; three children (and their spouses), Susan (Brian) Bell of Pensacola, FL, David (Susan) Moser of Golden, CO, Cynthia (Eric) Hiebert of Lawrence, KS; seven grandchildren; Natalie Hiebert, Katherine Hiebert, Mallory Hiebert, Kyle Bell, Rachel Bell, Abigail Moser and Joseph Moser; and two dogs, Charlie and Jenny of the home.     A private interment service for the family is planned.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Folds of Honor to provide educational scholarships for the children of fallen American servicemen, in care of Cornejo Day Funeral Home.   To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit   Arrangements by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, KS.