Carl was born on March 4, 1940 in Windsor, Missouri, and later moved to Springfield. He had one brother Jim, one sister Margaret, and two half-sisters Carolyn and Ellen.
He went to school and college in Springfield, and later joined the Air Force, where he was stationed at Glasgow Air Force Base as a crew chief on the 7101 Voodoo Jets. He married Charlene Pittenger of Glasgow and had two daughters, Becky and Brenda. Charlene passed away in February 2005.
After his service, Carl managed a Super America station and was transferred to Shakopee, MN. Later he also worked as a manager for Cenex Land-O-Lakes in Billings, where he retired.
Carl married Wanda Nelson Clark of Glasgow in October of 2005, and they maintained their home until his death on January 24, 2020.
A memorial service with full military honors will be held at Shiloh United Methodist Church on March 4, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. Burial will take place later at Glasgow Cemetery.