Gerald Wayne Carpenter, 79, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, October 25, 2019. He was a loving and caring brother, uncle, and friend. He was born on October 22, 1940 to James Russell and Adah (Haworth) Carpenter at home in Hemingford, Nebraska.
“Jerry” served in the U.S. Army from April 1962 until his honorable discharge in April 1964. He later went on to marry Eleanor Forrest on April 5, 1969. They shared a love for horses and he learned all about them, even how to shoe them. Sadly, in June of 1975, she passed away in an accident.
During his time living in Washington State, he worked for Orowheat Bakery for many years. He also was an Amway salesman. For many years, Jerry was the caretaker at the Hemingford Cemetery, working alongside his brother, Rondon. He was known for his infectious laugh. More recently, he helped deliver meals to people confined to their homes.
He is survived by his sister and her husband, Arlene and Leonard Wyland of Pasco, WA, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Ellie, parents, his brothers Rondon and William, his sister Alice Campanella, and a nephew, Larry Wyland.
Memorials may be given to the Veterans State Cemetery at Alliance Foundation, P.O. Box 902, Alliance, NE 69301.
Graveside services will be Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery with Reverend Gary Belk officiating.
Online condolences maybe left at www.batesgould.com with Bates-Gould Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.