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Phillip Carpenter 1925-2016

Apr 14, 2016

Phillip Basil Carpenter passed away on March 31, 2016. He was 90 years old at the time of his death.

Phil was born in Emmetsburg on Nov. 2, 1925 to Gordon and Mary Alma Duffy Carpenter. He had seven brothers and two sisters who all grew up in Emmetsburg. They were a close family and to this day the Carpenter family reunion is held annually in Emmetsburg the first weekend in August.

It was during his high school years that he met the love of his life, Mary Arlene Higgins from Ayrshire. They first met at the roller skating rink. Following High School, he served his country during World War II with The Navy in the Pacific theater. He returned to Emmetsburg following his service years.

On June 2, 1948 he married Mary and they began what would be 67 years of marriage together. They were blessed with three children, Julie, Jan and Tim.

In 1960 he moved his family to Council Bluffs where he began his career with the U.S. Postal Service. He loved spending time with his family and always made it his first priority. Family events included summer camping trips and winter ice skating. He loved to travel, see new places and meet new people. A passion he continued well into the later years of his life. His friendly, open and humble personality made it easy for him to make friends and he was blessed to have many through the years.

He loved to watch sports and he and Mary were regularly seen at St. Albert High School sporting events. They continued to attend the games for many years after their children had graduated from High School.

In 1987 he retired from the Postal Service and He and Mary began splitting time between Council Bluffs and Mesa, AZ for the winter. They made a whole new group of friends in Arizona and enjoyed a very active retirement lifestyle. They won numerous shuffleboard tournaments and were active in their retirement community’s golf events. He even returned to his love of baseball by playing on the Viewpoint Resort senior softball team.

Phil had a good singing voice and sang with The Goodtime Singers at Viewpoint Resort. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren in his retirement years. He was often seen on the floor with his “little ones” playing games, having “tea parties” or reading books to them.

In 2014 they moved to Swansea, IL to be near their oldest daughter.

He is survived by his wife Mary; his brothers Joe, Bill and Bob; his children Julie and Doc Savage of Fairview Heights, IL, Jan and Matt Groshart of Sheridan, WY and Tim and Julia Carpenter of Chico, CA. There are eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his siblings, Agnes, Mary Margaret, Vince, Bernie, Everett (Tiny) and Dick.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Aug. 6, 2016 in Emmetsburg. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Albert High School in his name.