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Vermontville, MI, Ronald J. Carpenter, age 71, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 9th in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family. He was born March 29th, 1951 to loving parents Lawrence “Frecks” and Theo “Toni” (Lent-Teal) Carpenter. Ron was a 1968 graduate of Maple Valley High School. He married his soulmate, Nancy (Winnie) Carpenter, on August 1st of 1970 at West Windsor UB Church in Dimondale. He was a hard worker, retiring from the Michigan Department of Corrections after 24 years. He also delivered for his brother Jerry’s company at TCI, and prior to that working at Atlas Drop Forge and Ralston Purina. Ron was a conduit of joy, leading a life full in the Lord as an active member at Sunfield UB Church. He was passionate about his community, volunteering from 1971-1993 as a little league and varsity football and girls’ softball coach at Maple Valley and helping those in need at Helping Hands Food Pantry in Charlotte. Ron also enjoyed the simple pleasures of his family, friends, and golfing. Ron had the impeccable ability to brighten any room he walked in and make everyone he met feel loved, important, and worthwhile—of course, also never shy to make a joke or silly face to cheer someone up. He is survived by his wife of 52 loving years, Nancy; daughters, Lisa and Lori; brothers, Denny and Jerry; and grandchildren, Evangeline, Marin, and Luka, and a special brother (brother-in-law) Dean Winnie.
Family, friends, and others whose lives were lucky to touch Ron’s are invited to gather at the Sunfield UB Church for visitation on Thursday the 16th 2:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm. The Celebration of Life is at Sunfield UB Church on Friday the 17th at 11:00 am to honor his memory as he is now with his Lord and Savior.
In lieu of flowers, you are encouraged to support Helping Hands Food Pantry in Charlotte or Sunfield UB Church in Sunfield.
Sunfield United Brethren Church
8436 Grand Ledge Hwy., Sunfield MI 48890
Helping Hands Food Pantry
621 Jefferson St., Charlotte MI 48813