Mr. Carpenter passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013, while family members were planning his 95th birthday party. Mr. Carpenter was born April 13, 1918, on the family farm southeast of Riverside, Wash.
He lived on the land for most of his life and worked the land even when he had various other jobs. In his earlier years, he did farm and orchard work. He also worked on the construction of Grand Coulee Dam, and Boeing and McDonnell Douglas Aircraft companies. He operated his own mechanic shop. He managed a Permatile plant, delivered milk, then finished his career working as the crane operator and millwright at the Omak Lumber Plant.
He married Irma Yoder in 1936. Together they had four children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lesta; his brother, Richard; his first wife, Irma; his second wife, Helen; his oldest son, Dean; and a granddaughter, Janice.
He is survived by his sons, Frank (Verna) of Riverside, and Larry (Helen) of Nine Mile Falls; his daughter, Bunny (Jerry Ireland) of Weaver, Ala.; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Carpenter was a life-long volunteer. He was always helping friends and neighbors with various repairs. He was a volunteer fireman for the Riverside Fire Department. Upon his retirement, he worked at both the Omak and Okanogan Senior Centers. He was an avid gardener, and donated a lot of home-grown produce to the centers. He delivered commodities to shut-ins and was instrumental in banning smoking at both centers.
Services were held Saturday, April 13, 2013.