William Gerald Carpenter
Dec 11, 1930 – Dec 20, 2017
William (Bill) Carpenter passed away December 20, 2017 at the age of 87. Born in Emmetsburg Iowa to Mary and Gordon Carpenter. Bill grew up in a large and boisterous family of 10 siblings. Bill was a high school football star, playing on the varsity team as a freshman. Bill played both offense and defense. He went on to Emmetsburg Junior college after high school and continued to play football as a punter but due to a knee injury in high school requiring several surgeries, his playing time was very limited. Bill continued to have a passion for sports his entire life.
In 1952, Bill met Alice Joy Iden, his soulmate of 65 years. While he was stationed in Tacoma Washington as a member of the US Navy he continued to court Alice, undoubtedly using his charm and good humor. A year later, they were married.
Bill proudly served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict, from 1951 – 1955 where he gained recognition and accolades for his contribution to Operation Castle. He spent his first two years in Tacoma with the “Ball Fleet” as he called it (playing baseball). The next two years saw more action as he was stationed in Pearl Harbor, on the destroyer, USS Philip. His ship served to escort aircraft carriers to Japan and Korea. Bill was a Machinist 3rd Class and was near the Marshall Islands, when six nuclear bombs were detonated underwater destroying an island.
Once bill served his four years in the Navy, he and Alice made their home in Seattle, WA., where they raised their three daughters, Kathleen, Colleen and Maureen. Family vacations were spent traveling back to his roots for the Carpenter reunions. There Bill laid the foundation for his children to connect with their many cousins that would remain a special part of their lives forever.
Bill and Alice enjoyed a job well done raising three children and once all were out of the house, they settled into retired life. They loved camping, fishing, working in their park-like gardens and spending more of their time with family, including grandchildren, great grandchildren, and later in life, great-great grandchildren.
Bill never lost his passion for sports and enjoyed sharing with his loved ones. Most Sundays, you would find him watching his beloved football. Two TV’s and a radio cranked up broadcasting different games throughout the day and Bill could follow them all. Always number one in his heart however, were the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Eventually Bill and Alice moved from their West Seattle home to Kent. There they spent the next seven years getting to know their new community and every “mom and pop” restaurant there was. Eating out became the new favorite pastime. Eventually, due to health reasons, life came full circle again and these two lovebirds moved back to West Seattle, making Providence Mt. St. Vincent their new home.
Bill will be remembered for his quick wit and humor, and his talent for story-telling. He was a master of dates, names, events and punchlines. He delivered these cherished stories with such great detail and care. Anyone who listened would instantly be captivated. He had us laughing all the way to the end.
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