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Richard Carpenter 1933-2013

March 21, 2013
Emmetsburg News

RUTHVEN -- A Mass of Christian Burial for Richard O?. Carpenter of Ruthven will be held Friday,?March 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Clem Currrans is the celebrant.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Ruthven. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Parish Vigil Service at 6:30 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven.

Richard "Dick" Orville Carpenter was born on Nov. 10, 1933 in Emmetsburg, to Gordon and Mary (Duffy) Carpenter. He graduated from Emmetsburg Catholic High School in 1951. As a high school senior, Dick and his brother, Bob, were members of the ECHS basketball team that won the Sioux City Diocese Catholic Basketball Championship.

After one year of junior college, Dick started his professional career at the Ruthven State Bank. He worked at the bank for 47 years (45 years as the President) until his retirement in 2000. He served in the United States Army in the mid 1950s.

Dick married Marilyn Mehan on Nov. 29, 1958. The couple lived in Ruthven where they raised their four children. He was a faithful member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Over the years, he was a member of several area Board of Directors, including the Ruthven High School Board.

Dick pitched fast pitch softball for over 25 years, playing on the Spencer Budweiser team and the Emmetsburg Merchants.

Dick died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN, at the age of 79.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marilyn in 1986; three brothers; and two sisters.

He is survived by his children: Jerry (Brenda) Carpenter of St. Peter, MN; Carolyn Anderson of Chanhassen, MN; Pam Carpenter of Chanhassen, MN; Lynn (Stacy) Miner of West Des Moines; six grandchildren; special friend, Sharon Arndt; and four brothers.

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