TROY MILLS – Darrell John Carpenter was born July 14, 1939, on the family Heritage Farm near Coggon, the son of John and Inez Waterhouse Carpenter. After attending the grade school, he graduated with the High School Class of 1958 from Troy Mills Consolidated Schools.
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Darrell was united in marriage to Shirley Thompson on July 11, 1966, at the Congregational Church in Winthrop. To this union were born two sons, John and Darin.
Darrell was a lifelong farmer living on a Heritage farm in the Coggon area and raising beef cattle. Recently he and Shirley moved to an apartment in Troy Mills. He enjoyed all kinds of sports including football, wrestling, basketball, and baseball, as well as, WWF wrestling. He was a faithful fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves, and the University of Iowa teams. His most proud moments were watching his grandchildren's sporting events and traveled many miles to see them. Always wearing a smile on his face, he liked talking with others. He was a member of the Hoover Wesleyan Methodist Church at rural Walker.
Following a fall at his home, Darrell entered into his eternal rest on Friday, September 27, at University Hospitals in Iowa City. He was 74 years of age.
Preceding him in death were his parents and an infant sister, Linda Lou.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley of Troy Mills; his two sons: John (Lisa) Carpenter of Winthrop, and Darin (Shelly) Carpenter of Rowley; seven grandchildren: Tessa Larson, Jordan Carpenter, Brooklyn Carpenter, Michael Carpenter, Cheyenne and Sheldon Syhlman, and Katelynn Hovey; a great granddaughter, Nevaeh Larson; his sister, Janet (Donald) Main of Coggon; and other relatives and friends.
Visitation was from 1 until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Fawcett Funeral Home in Winthrop and for one hour at the church on Monday prior to the service.
A Celebration of Life Service was 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at the Hoover Wesleyan Methodist Church near Walker, with Pastor Charles Clark officiating. Music will be provided by Connie Clark and Wanda Deemer. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Circle Grove Cemetery next to the Hoover Church. Casketbearers will be: Jordan Carpenter, Michael Carpenter, Michael Ellis, Nick Gudenkauf, Don Gudenkauf, and Eric Main. Honorary bearers will be: Jack Bach, Jerry Grishaver, Ray Cook, and Carl Zeller.
The Fawcett Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.fawcettsfuneralhome.com under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Oct. 3 to Oct. 19, 2013