Earl S. Carpenter
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WW II Veteran, U.S. Marine Corps
Earl S. Carpenter, age 91, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Norwalk, the son of the late Stanley and Gladys (Beach) Carpenter. He was the beloved husband of Marjorie (Weaver) Carpenter for 67 years. A graduate of Norwalk High School-Class of 1940, Earl was a World War II Veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942 to 1951. After the Corps he joined the Norwalk Fire Dept. in 1949 working up to Deputy Chief, retiring after 31 years in 1980.
He co-founded the Hot Shots Junior Drum and Bugle Corps with Police Officer and friend Bill Anderson. He was a founder and Treasurer of the Norwalk Municipal Employees Credit Union. Served as Police Commissioner for two years under Mayor O'Connor. Was a Commandant of the Marine Corps League-Mohackemo Detachment. Served in many capacities during his 91 years at the East Avenue United Methodist Church. He served on the Veteran's Memorial Committee; the East Norwalk Improvement Association and the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery Committee. He loved his town, his country, and most of all his family, and they loved him immensely.
In addition to his loving wife Marjorie, he is survived by their children; David Carpenter and his wife Debbie of Waterbury, Alan Earl Carpenter of Norwalk, Caroline Ring of Louisiana, formerly of Prospect, CT, and Lynn Westfield and her husband Peter of Norwalk, as well as several grandchildren and great- grandchildren. He was predeceased by a grandson Chris Hirschmann.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 18 at the East Avenue United Methodist Church, Norwalk. Burial with full military honors will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk. His family will receive friends on Thursday, April 17 from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk. Memorial donations may be made to: The East Avenue United Methodist Church, 244 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855; Toys for Tots, www.toysfortots.org, or the Wounded Warrior Project.
For directions or to leave an online condolence, please go to: Magnerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Hour on Apr. 15, 2014
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