He was born Jan. 21, 1924, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Thomas Secrest and Rosa Allen Secrest.
He served his country in the United States Navy.
He married Helen Sumpter on Jan. 29, 1944, in Fort Scott.
The last 15 years of his working career he was employed by Ennis Business Forms. He retired in 1975.
He was a member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.
Carl's favorite hobby was woodworking.
He was a member of the Bois D'Arc United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife Helen, of the home; one daughter, Peggy Uttinger and husband Ray, Springfield, Mo.; three granddaughters, Terri Manley and husband Scott, Lisa Manley and husband Shawn, and Toni Felt and husband Rusty; nine great-grandchildren, Taylor and Austin Manley, Colton and Grayson Manley, Trentan and Nathan Uttinger, Jerod Felt, Jordan and Kory Harding; and one great-great grandchild, Brady Felt.
Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Esther Secrest and Katherine Ruhl, both of Fort Scott; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Evert and Ernest Secrest; one sister, Dorothy DeCoudres; and one grandson, Jeff Uttinger; as well as his parents.
Rev. Kim Polchow will conduct funeral services for Carl Secrest at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, in the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery.
Military honors will be provided by the Kansas National Guard Honor Guard and Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time in the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, PO Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.