Clifford E. “Skip” Carpenter, 82, Saginaw, died Dec. 7, 2008, at the Aleda E. Lutz V.A. Medical Center.
In accordance with Mr. Carpenter’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd, Saginaw. The Rev. Alan Hanson will officiate and a military service will be held by V.F.W. Post #1859. Private burial of cremains will take place in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation is Thursday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Aleda E. Lutz V.A. Medical Center or a charity of choice.
Son of the late John and Mable (Ledbetter) Carpenter, Mr. Carpenter was born Aug. 29, 1926, in Detroit. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed in the Philippines and Japan. He and Donna Gohsman of Vassar, his wife of 59 years, were united in marriage Dec. 3, 1949. She survives him.
Mr. Carpenter’s great joy was owning and operating Carpenter’s Amoco for 30 years. He was known as an outstanding mechanic and an avid enthusiast of airplanes. He was a longtime member of V.F.W. Post #1859 and the Eagles #3201, Houghton Lake.
Preceding him in death was his son, Clifford J. “Skippy” Carpenter; step-mother, Olive Carpenter; and brother-in-law, Richard Simpson.
Surviving besides his wife Donna are his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Blenda Carpenter of Saginaw; two granddaughters, Amy Carpenter and her special friend, Aaron Sherk of Walloon Lake, and Heather Carpenter and her special friend, Aaron Chaltraw of Saginaw; one brother and two sisters, Jack and his wife Yvonne Carpenter, Pat and her husband Ed Lumley, and Norma Jo and her husband George Peshick; step-sisters, Ginger and her husband Gary Taylor, Marge Carberry, Mary Lou Delemeester, and Martha Bain; and many nieces, nephews and friends. The family extends its appreciation to the staff at the Aleda E. Lutz V.A. Medical Center.