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Everett “Tiny” Carpenter 1927-2012

December 26, 2012
Emmetsburg News

GRINNELL - A Mass of the Resurrection for Everett "Tiny" Carpenter of Grinnell, formerly of Emmetsburg, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Grinnell. The Rev. Nick Adam will officiate. Organist will be Marilyn Kriegel. Pallbearers include: Ben Carpenter, Bryan Fank, Andrew Vest, Conor Carpenter, Dylan Carpenter, and Matt Burges.

Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be held at a later date at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Emmetsburg. Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell is in charge of arrangements.

Tiny was born Dec. 17, 1927, in Emmetsburg, the son of Gordon and Mary Alma Duffy Carpenter. He was a 1946 graduate of Emmetsburg Catholic High School. Following his education he was employed at Central Telephone Company in Emmetsburg.

He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge he returned to Emmetsburg where he was employed with Lehman's Dairy for 18 years. He later began his career with GTE in Emmetsburg and moved to Grinnell in 1983 where he continued working for the company until his retirement in 1989. For the last seven years he managed the City of Grinnell's brush dump.

On Sept. 28, 1957, he was united in marriage to Jean Westergaard at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Emmetsburg: a union of 55 years.

Tiny was devoted to his family, dedicated to his work, and held a strong faith. He was honest, trust-worthy, and was well respected for his integrity. Tiny was a sports enthusiast. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, New York Yankees, Emmetsburg E-Hawks, and Iowa Hawkeyes were the teams he followed most. He held a passion for golf and played in several golf leagues during the season. He played and later umpired fast-pitched softball games and was a football and basketball referee for many years. Tiny enjoyed coffee at Hardee's and conversations about sports and politics.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the American Legion.

Tiny passed away on Dec. 21, 2012, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell, at the age of 85.

Tiny was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Linda Carpenter; two brothers, Vincent and Bernard Carpenter; two sisters, Agnes McAllister and Mary Margaret Wright; and one grandson, Jason Carpenter.

Survivors include: his wife, Jean, of Grinnell; four children, Terry (Diane) Carpenter of Papillion, NE, Ken (Kathy) Carpenter of San Antonio, TX, Kimberly (James) McNurlen of Grinnell, and Shelly (Rob) Vest of Grinnell; five brothers, Joseph Carpenter of Windom, MN, Philip Basil (Mary) Carpenter of Council Bluffs, William (Alice) Carpenter of Seattle, WA, Richard Carpenter of Ruthven, and Robert (Mary Jane) Carpenter of Waukegan, IL; four grandchildren, Benjamin (Tiffany) Carpenter, Bryan (Carrie) Fank, Jessica (Matt) Burges, and Andrew Vest; and three great-grandchildren, Conor and Dylan Carpenter and Lila Burges.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Mary's Catholic Church.

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