Michael Carpenter

MICHAEL EUGENE 'MIKE' CARPENTER, 64 ROCKFORD - Michael Eugene "Mike" Carpenter, 64, Rockford, passed away Saturday, October 19, 2013, surrounded by his loving family, at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan following a short illness. He was born September 8, 1949, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Arthur E. Carpenter and Mary P. Stephens. Mike worked as a header operator for Cam Car Corporation for 36 years retiring in 2005. He was a kind and gentle man. He was known as "Uncle Mike" by all who knew him. Survived by his brothers and sisters, Annie (Lee) Russom of Knobel, Arkansas, Edie Blanton of Rockford, Karen (Jack) Frankovitch of Newport Richey, Florida, Jesse George Stephens of Rockford, and Brenda (Russ) Anders of Corning, Arkansas; his aunt, Carmen Cruz of Rockford; many nieces and nephews; his girlfriend, Mary Lockheart; and his very special friends, the entire Mattis family. Predeceased by his parents; his brother, Russell Stephens; his longtime friend, Darrell Mattis. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 23, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd. with the Reverend David McDaniel of Kishwaukee Baptist Church officiating. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 22, and from 10 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Memorials may be made to the family. Share online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.

Funeral Home

Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory - Rockford
1860 S. Mulford  Rockford, IL 61108

Published in Rockford Register Star from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2013