Carpenter, William

Written by David Green.

William Carpenter, 90, died June 14, 2010.

He was born Aug. 8, 1919, on the gooseneck of Bean Creek in Evansport, Ohio, the son of Jay and Florence (Replogle) Carpenter.

Bill was baptized into the Pleasant Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church. On Aug. 8, 1942, in Montpelier, Ohio, he married Larena M. Pike. She preceded him in death on April 5, 2008.

Bill was called to the ministry in 1941 and ordained to the eldership in 1970.  He worked for 16 years at Comfort Tile Mill in Tecumseh and at Smith Douglas Fertilizer Company in Riga for 17 years. Bill also enjoyed farming for many years.

He lovingly cared for his wife of 65 years even through the tough times, especially after she developed Alzhiemer’s) which was a constant reminder to his children of what true love really is.

Bill is survived by four daughters, Carolyn Carpenter of Dallas Center, Iowa, Joan (and Arthur) Wheeler of Canandaigua, Mich., Janice (and Michael) Snedeker of Jackson, Mich., and Florence “Jean” (and James) Karabinus of Swanton, Ohio; four sons, Robert (and Clarice) Carpenter of Peru, Ind., Ronald (and Cynthia) Carpenter of Hudson,  Mich., Richard Carpenter of Canandaigua,  Mich., and Denzel (and Pamela) Carpenter of Morenci; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Bill was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, one in childhood and Genevieve Younglove; and three brothers, Irvin, John and David Carpenter.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 17, at the West Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church, west of Wauseon on Alternate 20, with Brother Fred Johnson officiating.  Burial will follow at the Smith Cemetery north of Pettisville, Ohio. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Eagle Funeral Home–Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

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