He was born September 21, 1931, in Marietta, Ohio, a son of Clifford D. Carpenter and Katherine I. Carpenter.
He attended Marietta High School and was a member of the Newport Baptist Church. He was in the National Guard and the United States Army.
He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Ella M. Stephens and W. Wayne Stephens, several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Carl Carpenter, and an infant brother Dale Carpenter.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013, at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park in Reno, Ohio. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, April 11, 2013, from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m.