Richard Bender Carpenter, Sr., age 93, of Hancock, Md., passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Meritus Medical Center, in Hagerstown, Md.
Born Thursday, August 21,1924 in Maugansville, Md., he was the son of the late Paul “Doc” and Alice Carpenter, and the widower of Alma (Bernhard) Dyer Carpenter.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War 11. Over the years he worked at Fairchild Industries, in Hagerstown, Md.; and the Morgan County Schools, in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Washington County Schools, in Hancock, Md. as a custodian and bus driver.
After his retirement, Richard enjoyed his yard work, his plants, and taking care of his fish.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #26, in Hancock, and the James W. Bowers Masonic Lodge #173, in Hancock.
He is survived by his children, James Carpenter, Sr. and his wife, Roxanna, and Edwin “Dean” Carpenter, all of Berkeley Springs; John Dyer, Betty Foster, and Janet Truax, all of Hagerstown, Md.; and Ina Potter and her husband, Cecil, of Hancock; a daughter-in-law, Darlene R. Carpenter, of Berkeley Springs; twelve grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, Richard was preceded in death by a son, Richard B. Carpenter, Jr.; brothers, Charlie, Paul “Willy”, and Donnie Carpenter; and sister, Nancy Hahn.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 12:00 noon, at the Grove Funeral Home, 141 West Main Street, Hancock, with Rev. William Swope officiating. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Interment will follow at the Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 17636 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, with Military Honors conducted by the Tri-State Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Alzheimer’s Research.
Online condolences will be accepted at www.grovefh.com