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Jack Alan Carpenter, 76, Central Lake, Michigan, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at home. He was born March 2, 1941, in Kokomo, Indiana, the son of Francis and Grace (Cardwell) Carpenter.
Jack was a dedicated, hardworking man. He worked many years in the automotive industries for Chrysler in Kokomo, Star Cutter, Bellaire Tool, and currently for Alro, all in Bellaire, Michigan. In his free time he enjoyed being in the great outdoors of northern Michigan. He also enjoyed making maple syrup, moonshine, and beef jerky. Jack was an avid follower of his granddaughter Alexis' softball games and proud to tell everyone of her accomplishments. He was a past worshipful master of the Masonic Blue Lodge #341 in Greentown, Indiana.
On June 24, 1962, in Kokomo, he married Roxie Rakestraw, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Penni (Bryan) Newlun, Lindon Lake, Richard and Christopher Carpenter, both of Central Lake; grandchildren, Alexis Carpenter and Christopher Newlun; brothers, Stanley "Sid" and Steve; sisters, Shirley, Helen, and Janet; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Lee, Ralph, Harry, Dennis, and Jerry.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, at the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes, with interment following in Southern Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, also at the funeral home. A luncheon will be held following the funeral at the V.F.W Hall in Central Lake.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Masonic Blue Lodge #341 in Greentown. Arrangements have been handled by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.
Published on December 19, 2017
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