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Gary Dean CarpenterGary Dean Carpenter, of Vicksburg passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020 at the age of 77. Gary was born on March 2, 1943 in Vicksburg, Michigan. He was the son of Leslie and Glenna (Lamerson) Carpenter. He went through Vicksburg schools and graduated from Vicksburg High School with the Class of 1961. After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country for two years. He was a small business owner, truck driver and later worked in HVAC. No matter what he did for a career he always returned to carpentry. Most recently combining his artistry with his carpentry skills to create custom furniture for family and friends. In addition to being artistic, he was fun-loving with a great sense of humor, which he instilled in his children. In his spare time, he loved to golf, and would play as much as possible, as well as following the PGA. His most memorable day on the course was getting a Hole-in-One at States Golf Course in Vicksburg. He also enjoyed being a history buff, particularly the Western United States. He was glad to be able to spend a few years living in the western territories and seeing the places he learned history on, before returning to Michigan. Gary Carpenter is survived by his two children: Jill (Tony) Lindsley; and Jason Carpenter; three grandchildren: Austin (Marcie Reynolds) Keiser, Madison (Scott) Krieger, Bella Carpenter; two great grandchildren: Kaiden Keiser, and Avery Reynolds. Gary is also survived by his sister, Nancy (Craig) Miller; two lifelong friends of over 70 years: Rob and Dan Stroud; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roger Johnson; and nieces, Diane Coville. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan especially RN Denise and home health care aide Janice. Cremation has taken place and a memorial golf outing is being planned for the Spring of 2021. While at Gary’s webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please take time to sign his guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with the family. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. The Carpenter family is being assisted by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269-679-5622). “You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need”- Vernon Howard
Jill andfamily,sorry for your loss. Was nice meeting you and your dad when we came to
Lois Dockery Aug 3 2020 2:55 PM
Sending you big hugs, Jill. Your dad always had a kind word and a smile. I loved seeing all of your pictures. :heart: Patsy
Patsy VanSchoick Jul 30 2020 7:07 AM
So sorry to hear of Gary's passing. We graduated in same class in high school Gary was always friendly and ready to talk.
Dan Cramer Jul 29 2020 7:29 PM
Good friend Gary, always a smile and a good word. I enjoyed many conversations with Gary. He was always a friend with a smile and good word. He was a gentleman and I am sure he is very much miissed by his friends and good friend Dan. Rest well friend. Jim Hainen
Jim Hainen Jul 29 2020 2:36 PM
Jill and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Garys passing. I always enjoyed delivering flowers when you enlisted Gary. Sending thoughts and prayers. Lynne & Bob Price
Lynne Price Jul 29 2020 11:32 AM
Our condolences to the family. We miss Gary's monthly visits to the office.
Pete, Barb & Kathy; State Farm Jul 29 2020 10:18 AM
Lisa Rood Jul 28 2020 10:06 PM
Uncle Gary, you will be sadly missed, always ready for a good time, we loved your sense of humor and your jokes especially the squirrel joke. May you rest in peace.
Roger & MaryLynn Keyes II Jul 28 2020 10:02 PM
Sorry Jill to hear that Gary passed away. Pictures of some of are travels. We had great times on these trips. So long Cousin.
Arden Sult Jul 28 2020 4:54 PM
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