Obituary for Julian “Carter” Cavalier

Written by on December 29, 2020

Julian “Carter” Cavalier, age 82, passed away on December 26, 2020.

Surrounded by his caring wife and children, he was at the courageous and sympathetic care of Marion General ICU in his final days. Carter was born in Pryor, Oklahoma on June 6th, 1938 to Walter Allen and Billie Dan Cavalier and was raised with multi-generations of family, off the Cherokee allotted land in Mayes County. During his college years he met his wife Donna Merle (Owen) Cavalier and they married before he graduated from Tulsa University. After they graduated Carter, with fraternity brothers, started a fertilizer company that later was purchased by Occidental Chemical. Carter stayed with Occidental to build fertilizer plants across the Midwest. Carter and Donna’s travels led them to Kenton, Ohio. Kenton has been their home since he arrived in 1968. He enjoyed living in Hardin County.

His career as an entrepreneur was started in college but Kenton is where he grew. While managing a small fertilizer plant on the south side of Kenton lead him to purchase a small farm to explore different fertilizers.

He left Occidental to become V.P. of Kenton National Bank and continued to

farm.     Farming and the community then became his passion as he left the

bank.     This allowed Carter to grow different business relationships along

the way. He enjoyed the challenges and tasks to see the rewards of success. He had the pleasure of working with farmers, the evolution of Agri-business, manufacturing, trucking, construction and small business.

Working with a wide spread of diverse individuals in his years lead to his humor, his rigidness to getting things done and exchange of knowledge.

Carter always thought about his challenges and the challenges of the people he knew.  “Do your homework… if pencil and paper can’t make sense of it …. it won’t work”. Is a saying his family heard their whole lives.

Carter is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Donna.

In a never ending world of change, Donna has always been the rock that Carter never questioned would change with all the adventures they encountered.

Carter is also survived by children, Jeffrey Carter (Vanessa) Cavalier (Carrollton, GA)  and Julianne Dearing (Kenton, OH ).

Survived with blessed grandchildren, Jameson Cole Cavalier (Carrollton, GA), Jennie Alexandra Cavalier (Rochester Hills, MI), Drey Eric Dearing (Kenton, OH) , Delaney Jae Dearing (Kenton, OH). He is also blessed to have a great-granddaughter Layla Jade Cavalier (Carrollton, GA). Also surviving is Carter’s sister Elizabeth Jane Cook (Midwest City, OK) with husband George Cook, nephew Kelly Cook, niece Sherri (Lenny) King and family, Carter’s aunt Nell Walton and husband Roy Walton (Monroe, LA).

Carter was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Walter Allen Cavalier.

Carter has been involved with many organizations and clubs in and out of Kenton, including Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Kenton Elks, Masonic Latham Lodge #154, Shriners, Farm Bureau serving as a Trustee, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Board, First United Methodist Church serving as a Trustee, Hardin Memorial Golf Course serving as a Board Member.

Carter’s Businesses were: Cavalier Farm Service (Ace Hardware), Slantpac, Harman Technical Coatings and Warehouse Express.

In his younger days, Carter was in the National Guard –  45th Infantry DIV (Thunderbird ) Carter also took on personal goals as being a pilot and flew for many years and then in later years, he obtained his US Merchant Marine Officer license (Captain).

Carter was an avid golfer. He loved the atmosphere. He enjoyed the challenge, quarters he won and camaraderie.

The friendships that he acquired and/or maintained on the golf course were without a doubt, a feeling that he treasured.

A funeral service will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 2, 2020 at the SCHINDEWOLF-STOUT-CRATES FUNERAL HOME where the family will receive friends from 11:00 am Saturday until the time of service. Burial will follow in Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Home Savings and Loan in memory of Carter for the Memorial Golf Course. Online condolences can be sent by visiting

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