Robert Carpenter

Robert Keith Carpenter

Sunday, August 31st, 1924 - Saturday, September 5th, 2020
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Robert Keith Carpenter passed away on the morning of September 5th, 2020. We are saddened to lose our husband, father and grandfather, even at 96, but we are so blessed to have had him for so long.
He was born in Louisville on August 31, 1924 to the late O.B. Carpenter and Irene Robertson Carpenter. He was a 1942 graduate of Manual High School where he excelled in basketball, football and track and field. After graduation he enlisted in the US Navy and remained state side during World War II, stationed in California. In 1944 he married his High School sweetheart, Jean Winfield. They had a son Steven and two daughters, Donna and Cindy. Robert returned to Louisville after three years in the Navy and began what would be a 40 year career with Southern Bell (AT&T). He began his diverse and enjoyable career by climbing telephone poles to many years in the management of several departments. Bob became a Christian at age 9 at Victory Memorial Baptist Church. He has been a dedicated member of Hurstbourne Baptist Church for 50 years. While there he served as a deacon, taught Sunday school, sang in the adult choir, worked with the children’s choirs, worked in Bible School, sang in the senior adult choir, was a member Alpha Club and committees through the years. While at Hurstbourne , he met his second love, Thelma and they spent 17 happy years together. Bob loved life and his outgoing personality and humor was a blessing to all those around him. He had fun traveling with his wife, played and watched most sports, for a long time, enjoyed a yearly fishing adventure in Canada with dear friends and especially loved spending time with family and friends, including his dear granddaughter, Erin.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Jean and his infant son, Steven.
Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife, Thelma, daughters, Donna Churchill (Fred) and Cindy Carpenter- Kurtz (Keith), granddaughter, Erin, sister-in-law, LaVonne Clark, brother-in-law, Clarence”Sonny” Allen and niece, Lauren Clark.
Bob will be deeply missed by all whose lives were touched by his remarkable presence.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 9th from 4-8pm at Highlands Family Owned Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd and 9:30am to 11am Thursday with his funeral service at 11am at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    Address Not Available
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, September 10th, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Thursday, September 10th, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
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  • Service

    Thursday, September 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, September 10th, 2020 11:00am
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    Address Not Available
    Jeff Smith
  • Interment

    Thursday, September 10th, 2020 |
    Thursday, September 10th, 2020
    Evergreen Cemetery
    4623 Preston Highway
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Sharon L Yountz

Posted at 11:52am
Auntie, I am so sorry about Bob. I know how much you loved him. You have a lot of good memories with him.
To the daughters and rest of the family, I don't know you but, I am so sorry for your loss.

Sharon Yountz

Frank Wilburn

Posted at 09:13pm
I knew Mr. Carpenter through work association and through personal interaction. He and my father both began at the company in 1945 and knew each other for several decades. After I started working there in 1970, I met him directly. Ten years later through friendship with his daughters I occasionally saw him on a social basis.

At the company, Mr. Carpenter was a manager of integrity and authority. He brought his Christian character along with his military poise and experience to contribute to making the company successful.

As a family man who respected his wife and children, he was a role model husband and father. In my view, his greatest contributions to the world are his two beautiful and beloved daughters whom I feel privileged to know as friends.

My deepest sympathy to the family.

Frank Wilburn
September 8, 2020

Frank Wilburn

Posted at 08:48pm
We send thoughts of comfort. Frank, Pam, and Sarah Wilburn
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