Wilbert L. Carpenter, 86, of Castalia, died unexpectedly early Saturday evening, Sept. 8, 2007, in Cowen, W.Va.
He was born April 16, 1921, in Arcola, W.Va. He served his country in World War II, in the U.S. Army. He took part in the Normandy Invasion and also received a Bronze Star. He retired in 1983 from Displayco-Westvaco, the former Hinde & Dauch. He was a member of American Legion Post 83, VFW Post 2529, Eagles Lodge Aerie 444 and the Sandusky AMVETS. He enjoyed hunting, playing the Ohio Lottery and watching the Cleveland Indians.
Wilbert is survived by two daughters, Karen (Richard) Johnson of Bellevue and Sharon Carpenter of Sandusky; two sons, Clarence (Diane) Carpenter and Stephen (Melinda) Carpenter, both of Castalia; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and one yet to be born; a sister, Isabel Craig of Castalia; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mabel V. (Giles) Carpenter, who died Aug. 10, 2006; his parents, Fielding and Sarah (McCourt) Carpenter; his sisters, Julia Goff, Dana Tunberg, Velva Mullins, Gatha Tharp and Dortha Carpenter; and his brothers, Dayton, Hubert, and Jennis and Otis Carpenter.
Friends may call from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, where services will be 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Wally Gilbert of Sandusky Baptist Temple officiating. Burial will follow with military honors in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be sent to the American Legion Post 83, 3615 Hayes Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.