Carl graduated from Odon High School in 1962, attended Trevecca Nazarene College for one semester, and then returned to Daviess County where he met, courted and married Debra Lemon, the love of his life, on April 8, 1966. He worked at Uniroyal until the factory closed, after which he decided to go into trucking. His wife, Debbie, exhibiting courage equal to his own, learned to drive big rigs and, as a team, they experienced America, made a living, and home schooled their two daughters, April and Vanessa, on the road. They were an adventurous working class family who bravely lived their version of “the American Dream.”
Carl was a Christian who believed that the teachings of Jesus spoke of love rather than judgment, and that forgiveness was the greatest of virtues. He truly lived out his faith, in accordance to his conscience, and took actions that he felt would better humanity. Carl believed that all the people of the earth were one family, and he refused to allow government to define others as his enemies. Through the years, he was a staunch advocate for civil rights and anti-war causes, donating time, money and his relentless voice for peace and justice to both.
He was a 30-year member, and elder of Central Christian Church in Washington, which he was proud to call home and where he always made others feel welcome. All who knew him were blessed. He worked tirelessly for the less fortunate, supporting church programs like Feed My Sheep and the Backpack Program.
Carl was a sports fanatic and faithful Hatchets fan. He could quote the statistics of the Zeller boys by heart. If he had one regret before he died it was that IU had lost three in a row (but he would not want the team to feel bad about it). He would tell them to “just keep playing.” Carl himself played basketball into the last half of his sixth decade, a fact of which he was very proud, and which amazed those who witnessed his lifelong athleticism. He was also an avid golfer and fisherman.