W. Harry Carpenter, 96, of Washington, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Washington Hospital.He was born March 14, 1918, in Middlebourne, W.Va., a son of Clyde Wilber Carpenter and Lucille Swan Carpenter.Mr. Carpenter attended Washington High School.During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army from May 9, 1944, until his honorable discharge November 5, 1945, as a private first class. He was involved in the Battle of the Bulge (Ardennes) as well as campaigns in Rhineland and Central Europe. For his service, he was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze battle stars, a Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Mr. Carpenter was also awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in action in Belgium January 25, 1945.He worked at the American Cyanamid plant in Bridgeville for 22 years; at Beatty Buick as a car salesman; as a Prudential Insurance special agent; and for 20 years as a general contractor.An avid hunter, Mr. Carpenter got his 43rd deer at age 91. He was also an avid golfer, earning two golf trophies in his 90s and was proudest of his hole-in-one at Fort Cherry Golf Course.Mr. Carpenter was a member of Chartiers Crossroads Presbyterian Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.In 1941, he married his wife of 73 years, Florence Scott, who survives.Also surviving are two daughters, Sallie L. (Tom) Alrutz of Washington and Susan C. Amon of Washington; a grandson, Tracy Magnelli; and several nieces and nephews.Deceased are a sister, Sallie Stear; two brothers, Robert S. Carpenter and John Braden Carpenter, who died as a one-day-old infant; and an aunt, Helen Swan.Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Home Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, in Chartiers Crossroads Presbyterian Church, Washington, with the Rev. Scott Bunting officiating. Private burial will be held in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Military rites will be accorded at the church by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
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Published in Observer-Reporter on Apr. 3, 2014