Greenville community loses devoted member

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:42 am on Monday, November 07, 2011

Dick Carpenter

GREENVILLE – Richard “Dick” Carpenter left footprints on many hearts in the Greenville community.
“He was a wonderful man,” said Karen Carbonelli, a friend and co-worker.
Carpenter, 80, died Thursday of a heart attack.
Carbonelli described him as being loyal and dedicated to his friends, family and activities he was involved in.
“If you were working with (Carpenter), you were in good hands,” Carbonelli said.
Carpenter of Greenville was a veteran of the U.S. Marines who served in Korea. He became a sales manager for an insurance company for many years before moving to Greenville.
He joined the staff of Don’s Trading Post and later became the owner. He also became a real estate agent at Greenridge Realty, where he worked with Carbonelli and his daughter, Christi Ritter.
“He brought me in to the real estate world and taught me everything I know,” Ritter said.
She said he was a very honest and ethical man who wanted to lay his head down at night knowing he did the right things.
Carpenter spent 40 years in the Lions Club holding the position as president in both Greenville and Marne.
“He was a devoted member,” Carbonelli said. “He would get people to join.”
Carbonelli said Carpenter was very involved with First United Methodist Church in Greenville and served as a youth group leader.
“He had a relationship with everyone,” Ritter said. “He remembered everything about anyone he met no matter who they were.”
Ritter said her father loved people and loved talking to people. He would even enjoy telling jokes to strangers at the local grocery store.
In his spare time, Ritter said Carpenter enjoyed fishing and hunting.
“In his mind, he could do anything,” Ritter said.
He is survived by his wife Janet Carpenter and two children, Christi Ritter and Brian Carpenter.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hurst Funeral Home in Greenville.

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