Richard Carpenter

July 09, 1931 ‒ December 01, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Richard Carpenter, 87, of Delaware, passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Delaware Court Health Care Center.

Richard was born on July 19, 1931 in Rock Island, Illinois, son of the late Floyd P. and Cora E. (Lindly) Carpenter.  Growing up in Rock Island, Richard attended school there. He loved music and while in high school,  he joined the school marching band and played the tuba.  It was while he was in the band when he met Leila Goodwin, a majorette,  and from then forward, they were inseparable.  They married on December 4, 1949.  In 1954, they moved to Delaware,  coming from the Westerville area.  Richard was always able to build and repair things and was always known as a draftsman and handyman.  He was known as the “Handyman Can” and did home renovations and remodeling here in Delaware for many years.  Richard had a love of trains and the railroad.  He also enjoyed camping and traveling out west with his family.  He was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was an elder at the Kingdom Hall here in Delaware.

He is survived by three sons, Michael (Bonnie) Carpenter and Mark (Marilyn) Carpenter, both of Bucyrus and Delmar (Patricia) Carpenter of Delaware;  four grandchildren, Dayann, Maylee, Zachary and Cory; several great grandchildren; a brother, James Carpenter of New Albany and a sister, Gloria Cochenour of Westerville.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Leila G. (Goodwin) Carpenter and a daughter, Connie Carpenter.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3102 Baker Road, Delaware with Robert Wren, officiating.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, Delaware, is honored to be serving Richard’s family.

  • I extend my deepest sympathies to the family.  When a family member dies, our pain and grief can be unbearable. May the God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3, 4) give the family the strength and comfort in this time of need. God promises that death will be no more (Rev 21:4). As we wait on that promise to be fulfilled,  may the God of comfort give you the strength to endure.