Hope D. Carleton, Sr., 89, of Grand Rivers, Kentucky passed away at 3:00AM Thursday, February 26, 2015 at his home.
Hope retired from the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife after 35 years of faithful service. He began his career as a conservation officer, but he best known as being the host and personality of “Kentucky Afield” television series from 1957 until 1980. Hope was veteran of the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge in General George Patton’s unit in World War II. Hope was a member of the Gilbertsville Masonic Lodge #835. Current “Kentucky Afield” host Tim Farmer was quoted saying, “Hope lived for the outdoors until the last day of his life.”
He is survived by his daughter, Cathy Hardin and her husband Robert of Lexington, Kentucky; his son, Hope Carleton, Jr. and his wife Ruth of Salvisa, Kentucky; two grandchildren, Bert Hardin and his wife Allison and Karen Klefot and her husband Jonathan; and one great granddaughter, Ava Klefot.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen Weathers Carleton. His parents were Hope D. Carleton and Lucille Walton Carleton.
A memorial visitation will be held from 1:00PM until 4:00PM on Monday, March 2, 2015 in the chapel of the Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home in Benton, Kentucky. Inurnment in the Lexington Cemetery will be at a later date.
Condolences may be sent on-line at www.filbeckcannking.com
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