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Jonah Carpenter, age 85, of Middletown, Ohio, passed away November 12, 2020. He was born to Bessie Smith Carpenter and Jessie Carpenter in Clay County, Kentucky on June 30, 1935. Jonah is preceded in death by his parents, six siblings and his son Christopher. He is survived by his wife, Cherri Worrell Carpenter, daughter Amy Struharik (Stephen) and grandson, Nathaniel Struharik.
Jonah served in the Army as an instructor at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He graduated from Cumberland College and Eastern Kentucky University and was an educator for more than 40 years. He loved volunteering which included 30 years of service at the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House. Watching University of Kentucky basketball and listening to gospel music were two favorite pastimes. One of his greatest joys was being called ""Pop-Pop"" by his grandson.
Services will be at the convenience of the family. Please visit to send an online condolence. Memorial donations may be made to the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House, 341 Erkenbrecher Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45229.

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Published in Journal-News on Nov. 22, 2020.
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December 21, 2020
Many prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.
Thada & family Rogers
November 24, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jonah. I worked with Jonah for many years at McKinley Elementary. He had a great passion for teaching. When I first met Jonah, he was a very quiet person but he became more talkative as we worked together as a 5th grade team along with Mr. Dave Allen. I will always remember our conversations about his work at the Ronald McDonald House, his church, and anything having to do with education. May you RIH, Jonah.
Carolyn McKinney
November 23, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. I worked with Jonah at MRH in medical records department for several years. I also always saw his smiling face at Kroger.
Stephanie Ritchie
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