Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Richard C. Carpenter

Richard Charles Carpenter, known to many friends and family as Dick, Carp, or Carpie, died peacefully Sunday morning, October 4, 2020 at his home. He was 87.

Dick was born June 11, 1933 in Mohicanville, Ohio, the youngest of 15 children born to the late Jay and Onie Mae (Allenbaugh) Carpenter. At the young age of 16, Carp began working at Shelby Sales Book where he would spend his entire career, retiring in 1995 from what was then Miami Systems.

Dick was a quiet man with a great sense of humor- especially his little zingers and impressions. He loved his family and above all things enjoyed going to any of their events to support them. Going to flea markets was his hobby of choice, especially Bubba’s and Jerry’s, and would spend his mornings sitting and spending time with his friends there. There was no worry, however, that he would make it home by lunchtime and usually had a new “treasure” in hand. He also thoroughly enjoyed The Ohio State University Buckeyes, had a love/hate relationship with the Cleveland Browns, just like many others, and liked to watch tractor auctions and locomotives on TV and looking at the tractors each year at the county fair. A man of faith, Dick faithfully watched Joel Osteen every Sunday morning for his church service.

Dick is survived by his wife of 64 years, Shirley J. (Miller) Carpenter, whom he wed on July 29, 1956. Also surviving are two children: Brad (Deb) Carpenter of Shelby and Kimberlee (Steven) Powell of Galion; 6 grandchildren: Joshua (Rachel) Anton, Shane Carpenter, Jessica (Allen) Jackson, Jason (Kate) Powell, Samuel Powell, and Jonathan Powell; 2 great grandchildren: Jackson and Amelia Anton; a sister: Betty Miller; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers: Weldon, Ernest, Doyle, Gerald, Robert, and Carl; and sisters: Viola Smith, May Thompson, Donna Jean Knofflock, Lillian Sweval, Berdella Richey, Juanita Naylor, and Thelma Witgen.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 4-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 10:30 am. Pastor Ron Biddle will officiate the services and burial will follow in Little London Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to OhioHealth Hospice and left in care of the funeral home.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Vanessa Fagan says:

    So sorry for your loss Shirley and family. Rest In Peace Richard.

  2. Holly Korbas says:

    Shirley and family,
    So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He was such a kind man and always so cheerful when I would see him. A life well lived…

  3. Todd and Tammy Armintrout says:

    Shirley & Family sorry for your loss, we are sending prayers and thoughts during this period! RIP Dick!

  4. Lucy Dowds Snodgrasd says:

    Kim- so sorry to hear about your dad – the write up was great. Sending many hugs and prayers to you and your family. Lucy

  5. Lorna and Todd Albert says:

    To the Carpenter family,
    We are sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all.

  6. Shirley Fagan says:

    Shirley, so sorry to read about Dick’s passing, prayers your way.

  7. LINDA Powell says:

    So sorry to hear of dicks passing may he rest with the angels now and God be with you

  8. Joanne Harris says:

    Uncle Dick was kind and fun man who made a wonderful and loving family.
    Health issues keep me at home but my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Buck Orndorff says:

    Kim ,so sorry for your loss. you and Steve are in my thoughts.

  10. Ann Imhoff says:

    Shane and family
    So sorry for the loss of your Grandfather❤️❤️

  11. Sally Fridley says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Please take care of each other.

  12. Gary Grant says:

    Shirley so sorry about Dicks passing I was your neighbor am praying for you and family God bless

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