James Edward Carrier
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021
Time: 5:00--7:00 P.M.
Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home
Date: Friday, December 17, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Rockville United Methodist Church
Green Mound Cemetery Harwood, Missouri
Fair Haven Park or Green Mound Cemetery
James Edward “Jim” Carrier of Harwood, MO, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2021 in Kansas City, KS. Jim was born September 2, 1926 in Strong City, KS. He moved to Harwood, MO when he was 12 years old, where he met Martha Waggoner. They married in 1944and were married for 63 years until her passing in 2007.
Jim served our country admirably with a 28-year military career that spanned multiple countries and operations. Jim first enlisted in the US Army in 1944 in the midst of World War II and served in the liberation of the Philippines. Next, Jim served in the occupation of Japan, where he conducted door-to-door disarmament.
After the end of the war, Jim returned to Harwood for a short time, but soon re-enlisted in the newly formed Air Force. His contributions were significant. He was stationed in England during the Berlin Airlift, served in the Korean War, and worked as an intelligence analyst during the Cuban Missile Crisis in Virginia. Later, Jim was stationed in Saigon during the Vietnam War and then was assigned to duty in Ramstein, Germany. Other locations Jim was located during his career included South Dakota, New York, Washington, D.C., and Alaska. During his career, Jim received the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Award among other honors. He retired in 1972 as a Chief Master Sergeant.
Despite these world travels, Harwood was always home to Jim and Martha, and they returned after his military service. Jim enjoyed family, friends, gardening, hunting, fishing, and, of course, his dogs. Jim and Martha served the Harwood community in many ways including through their life-long memberships in the United Methodist Church.
Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Martha; his parents; his siblings; his son, Dr. James D. Carrier; and his grandson, Tristan Carrier.
Jim is survived by his sons, Dr. Gary (Becky) Carrier and Bill (Mary) Carrier, daughter-in-law Connie Carrier, six grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.