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RICHARD LOUIS "DICK" CARPENTER

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CARPENTER, RICHARD LOUIS "DICK" Sept. 22, 1931 to Jan. 4, 2013 He was a Gentleman, an infantry soldier, a man of distinction. In 1949, as a U.S. Army corporal, he was blessed when he met Kunigunda Schulein (1929-1990) while he was stationed in Germany; they had six children: Laura (Dick) Diehl, Sieglinde, John (Barbara), Diane, Ruth, and Richard (Koreena). A native of North Dakota and proud resident of San Diego for 48 years, he was a retired U.S. Army Major who served in the Korean War, South East Asia and for the CIA for 41 years. He retired from the SD County Probation Dept., founder of the Adopt-a-Highway Services of San Diego, and often referred to as "Mr. Work Project". In 1991, he was blessed again when he married Betty Jane Deger (Clapper) and added to his family Karen (Richard) Burr and Scott Clapper. He is survived by his beloved wife Betty; six children; 12 grandchildren, Michelle (Brian), Michael, Brendan (Katrina), Lauren, Joy, Robert, Daniel, Kaydia, Megan, Miraha, Jade and Luke; and four great-grandchildren, Justin, Erin, Ryan, and Britton. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4335 Van Dyke Ave., San Diego with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the San Diego Wounded Warrior Project, 2468 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste 150, SD 92106, or www.woundedwarriorproject.org His family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the doctors and staff of 3W & 5W Kaiser Permanente on Zion Ave.

Published in U-T San Diego on Jan. 10, 2013
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