Gary Lee Carle Sr. died at Southampton Hospital on December 29. He was 74.
Born on October 13, 1939, to Fredrick Carle and Vivian Lee, he attended the schoolhouse on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation and, later, Southampton High School. In 1956, he joined the U.S. Army and completed basic combat training at Fort Dix in New Jersey. After graduating from the Military Police Training Center at Fort Gordon in Georgia, he was stationed at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, where he served as an MP with the U.S. Border Control. He also served a tour of duty in South Korea, and took great pride in his military accomplishments and service to his country.
When he returned from military service, he worked as a local carrier for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement.
Survivors said he was a man of tradition who was loved by many and who loved his Native people.
Mr. Carle is survived by a daughter, Donna Eleazer and husband Ronald; four sons, Herman Quinn, Clay Carle and wife Ebony, Grant Carle and Gary Carle Jr.; a sister, Caroline Courtenay and husband David; and nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives. He was predeceased by his wife, Genevieve; and two sons, Ronald and Gerald Quinn.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton. A funeral service was held at the Shinnecock Presbyterian Church on January 4; the Reverend Michael Smith officiated.