William Leslie “Les” McCarter, 70, of Edwardsville, Ill., and formerly of Hannibal, passed away at 8:33 a.m. Feb. 5, 2019 at his home in Edwardsville, Ill.

William Leslie “Les” McCarter, 70, of Edwardsville, Ill., and formerly of Hannibal, passed away at 8:33 a.m. Feb. 5, 2019 at his home in Edwardsville, Ill.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Mr. Jerry Hall will officiate. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park. There will be no visitation.

Les was born on Jan 24, 1949 in Hannibal, to Joseph L. McCarter and Evelyn Marie Gilbert McCarter.

He was married Sept. 6, 1986 to Mary McCarter in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives. Les was the most loved, loving and entertaining husband, best friend and partner for 33 years. Well remembered for his big smile and generosity of spirit, he made us smile so many times everyday of our wonderful years together. “To Protect and to Serve" was not only his motto as a young police officer in Los Angeles, but his philosophy regarding all those he loved.

Survivors include his mother, Evelyn McCarter of Hannibal; one brother, Dennis R. McCarter (Rebecca L.) of Hannibal; and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Jeanne Crider of St. Louis. Les is also survived by one uncle, and his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Les was preceded in death by his father; grandparents; one sister, Cheryl Trotter; two aunts; one uncle and one cousin.

Les graduated from Hannibal-LaGrange University and Truman State University.

Professionally Les retired as an auditor with Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

Previously Les had worked as a police officer in Los Angeles, Calif. and also with the McDonnell Douglas Company and the Oracle Corporation.

Away from work Les loved to run. He climbed Pike’s Peak three times and ran daily. Attending music concerts, St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and NASCAR racing were a few of Les’ favorites. Most of all, Les simply cherished the moments he enjoyed with friends and family.

He was baptized at Arch United Methodist Church.

Pallbearers, Bob Lewton, Dennis McCarter, George Crider, Jenna Majors, Madeline Majors and Jerry Hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Loving Care Hospice or American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.