Robert Carpenter

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Funeral services for Mr. Robert Carpenter, 77, of Dickens, formerly of Spencer, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. Rev. William Schreiber will officiate the service.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home.

Special services will include a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Service at 6:30 p.m. and a Vigil service at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Warner Chapel.

A military flag presentation will take place after services at the church Wednesday.

Interment will take place at Dickens Cemetery.

Mr. Carpenter passed away Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Spencer Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.

Robert W. Carpenter, the son of Warren E. and Ferne R. Mandelkow, was born May 5, 1933, in Spencer, Ia. He received his education in the Spencer schools, graduating from Spencer High School in 1952.

Bob married Carol Rose Gordon on Sept. 17, 1953, in Hannibel, Mo. and to this union were born three children: Roberta Rose, Robert Joseph and Christopher Warren.

He attended Minnesota State University, receiving his under graduate degree in elementary and special education, his master degree in special education and postgraduate degrees in administration and areas of special education at the University of ND. Mr. Carpenter held a teaching and administration position in Algona, Ia., was a consultant for AEA III, and held executive director posts in Dickinson, N.D., Des Moines, Ia. and Aberdeen, S.D. Mr. Carpenter retired from the position of CEO of the Aberdeen Adjustment Center in Aberdeen, SD in 1995. He and his wife, Gwen retired to the wilderness area of northeast Minnesota boundary waters. Since the death of his wife, Gwen, he lived on his farm in rural Dickens, Ia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W.E. (Bob) and Ferne R. Carpenter; and his wife, Gwen A. Carpenter in 2002.

On May 5, 1973, Mr. Carpenter was united in marriage to Gwen Carlson in Ayrshire, Ia., in this union there were six children: Robin Carpenter of Dickens, Ia., Dr. Robert J. Carpenter of Sun Prairie, Wis., Dr. Christopher W. Carpenter of Denver, Colo. and Jeffery, Lindsay and Eric Carlson - all of Prairie Du Sac, Wis; 10 grandchildren; a brother, William F. Carpenter; other relatives and many friends.

Warner Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of arrangements.