Carl Winfred Mosteller, 89, of North Platte died Thursday, May 18, 2023 at his home.
Carl was born Sept. 27, 1933, in McAlester, Okla. He was the son of John Scott Mosteller and Irene (Baldwin) Mosteller. His father was a farmer and his mother was a homemaker.
Carl joined the US Navy in November 1951, and received commendations for Korean Service, United Nations, and National Defense. He was honorably discharged in October 1955.
While living in New Mexico, Carl met Karen Adelle Gaston of Roswell, N.M. The couple married on Sept 5, 1954. To this union three children were born: Steven Kendrick, Melanie Irene, and Randall Dean Mosteller.
The family moved to Colorado Springs, where Carl worked as an HVAC Technician for the US Civil Service at Fort Carson Army Base. Unfortunately, Karen died at the young age of 32 leaving Carl with three young children to raise. Carl later met and married Marylynn June Sevier in December of 1970 in Colorado Springs. Marylynn had two children from a previous marriage, Michele Suzanne and Denise Dianne Sevier. After their marriage, Carl legally adopted Michele and Denise. Marylynn had heart issues due to a childhood illness and Carl lost his second wife on April 19, 1974.
On Nov. 29, 1974, Carl married Carole Kay Thacker in Colorado Springs. Carole had one daughter, Cristi Kay, from a previous marriage. Carl also legally adopted Cristi and they became a family of eight. Carl continued to work in HVAC until 1981 when he retired.
With the help of his son, Randy, and much patience from his wife and children, he built his dream home in the mountains of Colorado with a stunning view of the back of Pikes Peak. After the children graduated and left home, Carl and Carole moved to their beautiful mountain home, where they enjoyed many years together, appreciating the spectacular scenery, serenity, and wildlife.
In 2009, the couple moved to North Platte, due to the difficulties of aging and the small town conveniences and services that were not available in larger cities. North Platte was the perfect size and fit for them, with family members close by in Colorado and Nebraska.
Carl also liked the fact that the low-speed limits allowed him to continue driving until his death. He was very proud of the fact that he never spent a single night in a hospital and was even born at home.
He was very wise and had good common sense, but he never gave himself credit for anything he did. He always had a twinkle in his eye like he had a secret that only he knew. He loved all of his children and wives dearly and took his vows of “in sickness and in health” extremely seriously, often at his own expense.
Carl is survived by his wife, Carole, of North Platte; two sons, Steve (Laura) Mosteller of Papillion and Randy Mosteller of Ft. Collins, Colo.; three daughters, Melanie (Scott) Trent of Bailey, Colo., Cristi (Mike) Cumming of North Platte and Denise (Dennis) Sullivan of Gering; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by Karen Mosteller and Marylynn Mosteller; parents; one brother; one half-sister; and daughter, Michele (Alan) Arnold of Colorado Springs.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 24 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with Pastor Ryan Alexander officiating. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Private family inurnment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at a later date.
Online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com, where services will also be livestreamed.
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