Gary Wayne Carpenter, G.W. (himself)
Gary Wayne Carpenter, 71, Moundville, Mo., passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at his home. He was born Aug. 31, 1942, in Barton County, Mo., to Leo Franklin Carpenter and Evelyn Cora Claypool Carpenter. He married Joyce Ann Kroening on Sept. 1, 2001, at Pentecostal Assembly in Nevada, Mo.
Gary graduated from Nevada High School in 1959. He was known to be a hard worker in anything he did. Gary served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1964-67 as an Aviation Structural Mechanic. He was honorably discharged as 3rd class AMS 3 E-4 rank and received the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was aboard the USS Forrestal when it caught on fire in the Tonkin Gulf of Vietnam in July 1967. Gary worked for the Nevada Police Department from 1972-75. Then he went on to doing mission work in Belize from 1976-77.
His hobbies included his coon dogs; they were UKC and NCK Grand Night Champions. Gary loved to learn about anything and read. He was a hunter and fisherman and enjoyed his horses. He was known as good truck driver and liked to talk. Gary loved his family, cookouts and adored his grandchildren. He attended Pentecostal Assembly and Riverside Cowboy Church.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Joyce, of the home, include his children, Christopher Scott Carpenter, David Alexander Carpenter, Michael Wayne Carpenter, Jay Bates, Conrad Bates, Kali Bates, Amber Gilliland and Kandriese Weisensee; 27 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three siblings, Delma Herman, Merle Carpenter and Jim Carpenter; and of special mention, Jason McAnulla, his great and special friend. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Nellie, Cleo, Paul, Aletta, and Sonny Boy (William).
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Dennis Engelbrecht officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Shiloh Cemetery, Barton County, Mo. The family receives friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, and until the hour of service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Ferry Funeral Home.
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