McCarter, Harvey

Harvey J. McCarter Major General USAFR (Retired)

February 7, 1934 - July 14, 2021

Major General Harvey J. McCarter, 87 of Fairview, Texas, “flew west” on July 14th, 2021, with his wife and family by his side.

General McCarter was born in Louisburg, Kansas on February 7, 1934, to Winford G. and Georgia E. McCarter.  He lived in Manhattan, Kansas from age 8 and attended Manhattan High School where he played multiple sports.  He graduated from Kansas State University in 1956 with a BS in Electrical Engineering, played baseball, was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and KSU Air Force ROTC Detachment.

Upon graduation from KSU, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.  He entered Active Duty in November 1956 and went to USAF Flight School, earning his wings in February 1958 at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma.  His Electrical Engineering degree helped win him an assignment as a Communications and Electronics Officer at an Aircraft Control and Warning Direction Center in Alaska.  Upon completion of the Alaska tour of duty in 1959, he was released from active duty and began a career at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas.  In 1960, he joined the Kansas Air National Guard at McConnell AFB, KS where he flew the T-33, F-86L, the F-100C and F-100F combat aircraft concurrently with his civilian work.

After leaving Boeing, he went to work for Power Engineering in Sioux City, Iowa as a project engineer and became the Chief Engineer on the first launch complex for the missions to land men on the moon located at Cape Kennedy, Florida.  He was very proud to be a part of the Apollo preparation. He transferred to the Iowa Air National Guard to continue flying the F-100C.

In 1966, he became an airline pilot for Trans World Airlines.  While training for the Boeing 727, he was invited to instruct in the TWA Training Center for the next 4 years.  He transferred to the Air Force Reserve in 1967 at Richards-Gebaur AFB, MO.  He advanced through the ranks serving as aircraft commander and instructor pilot on the C-124 and C-130.  He also served in various operations’ positions at Squadron and Wing levels of increasing significance before becoming Vice Wing Commander.

During his military service between 1967 and 1982, he completed Air Command and Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Air War College, and he also earned a Master of Business Management from Webster University.  He, then, spent a year at the Pentagon and three years as Vice Commander of the 14th Air Force Dobbins AFB with command of all reserve airlift east of the Mississippi River (22,000 airmen and airwomen).  He served two years at the Military Airlift Command at Scott AFB, IL and finally 5 years again at the Pentagon as Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations where he was promoted to Major General in 1988.  He retired from military service in 1993.

His TWA career progressed with a captain rating on the B-707, B-727, B-757/767 and instructor check airman on the B-727 and B-767.  In 1989 Harvey received the TWA Award of Excellence.  In late 1990, he retired from TWA to accept a four-year contract to fly the B747-300 for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.  His combined military, airline, and civilian flying time totals nearly 18,000 hours.

In retirement he was an active member of the McKinney Lions Club for nearly 20 years.

Harvey was married to Barbara Sondergard McCarter for 36 years.  She passed away from diabetic complications in May 1990.  They had two sons, Steven W. married to LuAnne of Blue Ridge, Texas (two grandchildren, Zachary B. of The Colony, Texas and Anna E. of Blue Ridge, Texas) and Jeffrey D. married to Kristi of Overland Park, Kansas.  Harvey married Angela Cody in 1991 and she passed away in 1995 from pancreatic cancer. From this marriage, he gained a stepdaughter, Marisa married to David of Sherwood Oaks, California (step granddaughter, Natasha).  In 2000, he married Marilyn Barnes.  From this marriage, he gained two stepdaughters, Cynthia married to Jim of Nunica, Michigan (step grandchildren, Will of Tucson, Arizona and Ann of Nunica, Michigan) and Connie Weaver of Dallas, Texas. He loved them all dearly!

Harvey was always an avid and loyal Kansas State University sports fan!  He, also, served on the board of directors for the Kansas State University Johnson Cancer Research Center.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn Barnes, children (2), stepchildren (3), grandchildren (2) and step grandchildren (3), all of whom respected him, loved him and will miss him tremendously!

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013. 

A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday August 17, 2021, at First United Methodist Church, 315 North Church Street McKinney, Texas 75069.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Sunrise Cemetery, 2901 Stagg Hill Road, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

In lieu of flowers please send donations on behalf of Harvey J. McCarter to the Kansas State University Johnson Cancer Research Center at -

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A great person and professional… John Kemper, August 26, 2021 Fortunately, Harvey entered my life when I was only eleven by marrying my sister…they were 21 & 20, but they were soon off to follow his Air Force and career ventures toward great heights. His ambitions amazed me while I was too young to even comprehend their complexity. Then the results they brought him helped inspired me to explore my unknown abilities. He set examples of how to behave in playing sports, how to gain rank in the Air Guard I also was in, but mostly how to, by his constant endeavoring, keep studying to enhance ones’ career, family lifestyle, friendships, personal development & projects; all while serving community and country. I believe he set higher life-endurance and achievement standards for everyone who knew him well. Luckily for me, we kept in touch for 66 years and I will be conjuring memories the rest of my life to try to learn more from the history of this highly contributive and self-reliant citizen.
Lyle Sondergard, August 23, 2021 I had the privilege of getting to know Harvey thru my parents who lived two doors down from his family in Fairview, TX. At the time, I was still in the Army Reserves and heading overseas on my first deployment to Afghanistan. MG McCarter had written a note with a challenge coin wishing me Godspeed on my travels overseas. We shared a love for our country and both were patriotic to the flag of the United States of America. I will miss him but I'm glad our paths had crossed.... LTC Greg Taylor, U.S. Army (Ret.) Greg Taylor, August 16, 2021 General McCarter was a fantastic person and role model for many. I always looked forward to seeing him at events in McKinney and he was always present and supportive at our Veteran's events each year. I was always amazed at the humility he demonstrated as a person that was so accomplished in life. His was a life well lived. With Sympathy for the family: Brian and Donna Loughmiller Mr. Brian Loughmiller. Donna Loughmiller, August 16, 2021 I will miss this neighbor and friend who was an extremely kind and sincere gentleman. He always greeted one with the most pleasant smile and seemed interested in whatever you wanted to talk about. We have always felt so fortunate to have him and Marilyn as neighbors along with the opportunity to know about his many life interests and accomplishments. He was a great friend! Cherished Memories, CarLa
CarLa Humphrey, July 29, 2021 A great person and professional.
John Kemper, July 21, 2021 It was such an honor to know you and to be in your presence. Fly high Major General McCarter USAFR. We love you Harvey and we will see you on the other side. XOXO your dental team @ Smile McKinney Smile McKinney, July 20, 2021 Good bye to the person I have respected more than any other person I have known. Specialist 5 Lucian E. Napier, July 20, 2021 Marilyn, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the entire McCarter family during this time of sadness. Pat and Tom Crawford, July 20, 2021 My dear General, It was an honor for me meeting You when you entered KLM flying the 747-300 in the years 1990-1994. It was a privilege too serving You and the other Old Dogs during that period of time. You and your colleague-pilots have always a special place in my heart. Now You flew away from us, You shall remembered by me as a very nice fellow man. May You rest in peace my dear friend. Pier de Groot, July 20, 2021 Our deepest condolences to all of the the McCarter family. Harvey was more than a friend to both of us since we first met in 1974 at Richards-Gebaur AFB. Harvey was the aircraft commander on my first cross country in the C-130s. As a 2nd Lt I got to watch him "receive" a 5 day instrument check-ride. We got to "transport" cobalt radiated screw fly larva from Mcallen, Texas, to San Juan, Puerto Rico. We had to keep the airplane as close to freezing as possible without us freezing so the whole crew wore parkas for 8 hours. Needless to say, it was a VERY memorable trip to start my flying career and Harvey Joe made it even more memorable by guiding me through his check ride so that I didn't screw it up for him. We all loved Harvey Joe, he was a great pilot, exceptional leader, a wonderful friend and most of all a really nice guy. Linda and I will miss him. LINDA AND TERRY EDWARDS, July 19, 2021 So very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I have lots of fond memories of you and I with him. Jeff and Kim Walton, July 19, 2021 To Harvey and Family It has been a distinct pleasure to have known Harvey. He was a friend, a brother in Christ and a genuinely good man. He lived an active and productive life as his accomplishments would attest. He will be missed by many. "Well done good and faithful servant". Gary Wydman, July 19, 2021 To Harvey's Family, We are so very sorry for your loss! Esther (Ikenberry) was a classmate of Harvey's at Manhattan KS H.S. and enjoyed his friendly manner and humor. The last time she saw Harvey is when he visited the Sondergards in the Cedar's Village Retirement Center.  We know he loved his family dearly and was a very caring and patriotic man who made a difference. We know he will be sorely missed. We will be thinking of you on July 20th. Our Deepest Sympathy, Esther and Dean Cotton PS: We are now in Skilled Nursing care at Cedar's House 805 N. Maxwell St McPherson KS 67460 for a year after moving from Assist. Liv. where we lived for 3 years after being in the Cedars Village for over 22 years.
H. Dean /Esther Cotton, July 18, 2021