Franklin “DeWitt” Carpenter

February 16, 1922 ‒ October 07, 2010

Galena, Ohio

Franklin “DeWitt” Carpenter, age 88 of Galena passed away Thursday evening, October 7, 2010 at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.

He was born on February 16, 1922 in Centerburg to the late Chester “Clyde” and Esther Helen (Updike) Carpenter. A graduate of Centerburg High School in 1940, he proudly served his country as a US Army Airforce veteran of WW II. For 25 years he worked as air port traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Agency at Columbus and Lexington, Kentucky, retiring in 1977.

A longtime member of the American Legion Post No 460, V.F.W. Post 4027, AMVets Post No. 59, Centerburg Conservation Club, and the National Assoc. of Retired Federal Employees.

An outdoorsman, he treasured time spent fishing, camping, and cutting wood. Dewitt also enjoyed bowling, woodworking, and traveling his motor home to gambling destinations throughout the United States.

A hard worker, he was compassionate and the patriarch and rock of his family. Gardening and yard work were favorite hobbies. He was blessed with 30 retirement year and was happiest fishing, working with his hands, and enjoying a good game of poker. Dewitt will be remembered for his love of family and for being a friend to all.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years: Jean A. (Bard), sons Dale of Galena and Jeff Dauphin of Michigan, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law: Jane Carpenter of Centerburg.

He was preceded in death by his brother Robert in 2004.

Friends may call Sunday 1-3 and 5-7 at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR’s 3 at 61, Sunbury where services will be held Monday 1:30 p.m., burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow at the Trenton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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