HENNIKER, NH: Carleton F. Auer, better known as Thumper, passed away on March 24, 2023 at his home in Henniker, NH.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Beulah Soule Auer and his father, Frederick M. Auer. Carleton was born in Burlington, VT. on March 13, 1943. He attended Hopkinton schools through eighth grade and graduated high school from Kimball Union Academy.
He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Due to poor eye sight he could not serve overseas, and instead was stationed at the Animal Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC. Upon completing his service in the army, he attended and graduated from the Thomas School at the University of New Hampshire. Carleton worked for Fish and Game for over 30 years; first as a Biology Aid in the Game Division and later in the Fisheries Division. He enjoyed working as the Assistant Game Damage Adjuster and in the Salmon and Shad Restoration Program. After retiring from Fish and Game he worked for Banks Chevrolet. Carleton was a great story teller and loved family genealogy and history. His children fondly remember his devotion, support and presence at all of their sporting events.
Carleton is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sally Bailey Auer, his children, Sarah Elizabeth Auer and her partner, Alexander Hudak of St. Albans, VT, William Frederick Auer and daughter-in-law, Molly Auer of Henniker, NH, Alice Yen of Boston, MA, Susan Yen of Somersworth, NH and his grandchildren, Aiyana Auer, Theodore Diciantis, Adrian Rico and Silas Auer, as well as his sister, Suzanne Walsh, her husband Dr. Alexander Walsh of Killingworth, CT, and their children, Dr. Jeanna Walsh and Lissa Walsh. Additionally, he is survived by Paska Yen and her daughters, who affectionately knew him as “Baba” and his nieces and nephews..
A service will be held at the Congregational Church of Henniker on April 15, 2023 at 11:00 am, Reception to follow at the Henniker Community Center.
Donations may be made in his name to the Henniker Rescue Squad, 216 Maple St, Henniker, NH 03242.
The Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Hillsboro, NH is assisting the family.