Raymond Francis Carpenter, 86, of Cove, died Jan. 10, 2007, at a local care facility.
His memorial service will take place Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley in La Grande.
Mr. Carpenter was born on Oct. 28, 1921, one of the 12 children of Alfa Ray and Jennie Marie (Trapp) Carpenter in Deerfield, Mo. He grew up in Nevada and Missouri and served in the U.S. Navy.
On Aug. 5, 1958, he married Doris Cady in Weiser, Idaho. He owned and operated a diesel truck repair and radiator repair shop in Baker City for many years. Once he sold his shop he worked as a shop foreman for the city of Baker City until retiring in the fall of 1983.
The Carpenters moved to Cove in 1982, and Doris preceded him in death on April 21, 1983. He also owned a ranch in Baker City where he raised cattle, sheep and pigs. Mechanic work was his main trade but he was a “jack of all trades.”
He loved the outdoors, farming, ranching, fishing and hunting. He enjoyed traveling to visit friends.
Survivors include his children, Sharon Carpenter of Corvallis, Larry Carpenter of La Grande, Dianne Miller of Kent, Washington and Laurie Hargett of Cove; sisters, Delta Barker of Joplin, Missouri, Bonnie Devore of Mountain Home, Arkansas and Ima June Frost of Topsham, Maine; brother, Jack Carpenter of Blanchard, Idaho; eight grandchildren; several great grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Contributions in Mr. Carpenter’s memory may be made to the Cove High School Sports Program, P.O. Box 68, Cove, OR 97824.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 26, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor