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Kenneth Carpenter


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Kenneth F. Carpenter

1943 - 2016 DUMMERSTON Beloved father, friend, and community member Kenneth Francis, "Ken" Carpenter, 73, of Dummerston died unexpectedly Friday July 1, 2016 at his home. Ken was born in Brattleboro on February 25, 1943 to Ilma Mary Carpenter. He was proud to be a tenth generation Vermonter and lifelong resident of the area. Raised and educated in Dummerston, he attended public schools and was a graduate of the BUHS class of 1961. He proudly served his country in the US Air Force and following his honorable discharge from active service, he continued his education at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston. He graduated with his Masters degree as one of the top in his class. Upon receiving his Pharmacist license, he went to work for his uncle, Robert Carpenter at Town Rexall Pharmacy on Main Street in Brattleboro. He eventually purchased the Pharmacy and owned and managed the business until his retirement in 2006. As a well-respected business owner, he interacted with thousands in the community and greeted most by name. He also owned the patent and was exclusive producer and distributor of the unique homeopathic "Stratton's Liniment," still available in the area pharmacies. Ken devoted more than half of his life in service as a Mason at Brattleboro Lodge #102. During his 46 years at the Lodge he attained his 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, served as Worshipful Master for two terms, and was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award. He was instrumental in the organization and will be deeply missed by his Masonic Brothers as they carry on his vision for the future of the lodge. Additionally, he held memberships in the Brattleboro Shrine Club, Cairo Shrine Temple of Rutland, and the Order of the Eastern Star, Bingham Chapter, #30; the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Brattleboro Lodge #1499; the American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5; and was a past member of the Brattleboro Planning Commission. He was also a 59-year active member of the Eastern Star Grange in Dummerston. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, woodworking, time with family and friends, and dining out. He was a loyal fan of all New England sports teams and attended games often. He leaves behind his four daughters: Stacy Carpenter-Barrows and her husband Cleon; Valerie Sargent; and Bethany Ranquist, all of Brattleboro; and Alison Wheeler and her husband David of Dummerston. He also leaves eight grandchildren: Nicole Carpenter, Meghan and Lauryn Sargent, and Caroline and Elias Ranquist, all of Brattleboro, and Sydney, Dawson, and Layla Wheeler of Dummerston. He was excited to welcome another baby Wheeler in December of this year. He will also be missed by a large host of friends and acquaintances. Friends are invited to call at Atamaniuk Funeral Home Thursday evening from 6 to 8 PM. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 10 AM at Saint Michael's Episcopal Church. Immediately following all are invited to attend a graveside service at the Carpenter family lot in Morningside Cemetery where Fraternal Memorial Rites and Military Honors will be accorded. Memorial contributions in Ken Carpenter's name may be made to: Brattleboro Lodge #102, Scholarship Fund, 196 Main St., Brattleboro, VT 05301 To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence please visit: www.atamaniuk.com
Published in Brattleboro Reformer from July 2 to July 6, 2016
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