|Birth: ||Aug. 8, 1937|
|Death: ||Aug. 18, 2008|
Published Aug. 19, 2008 - Chanute, KS
Cecil Clayton Carpenter, 71, of Humboldt, Kansas, passed away Monday, August 18, 2008 at the Via-Christi St. Francis Campus in Wichita, Kansas, with his family around him.
He was born on August 8, 1937 in Americus, Kansas, the son of Martin Edmund and Mary Jane (Ensminger) Carpenter. He was the third of nine children.
At the age of nine, Cecil contracted polio and had a limp all of his life. In his teens he quit school but in his 20's he returned to Moran, KS high school and received his diploma.
Cecil was united in marriage to Ruth Thomas on June 23, 1962. They later divorced. To this union, two sons were born, Shane and Clayton.
He worked a variety of jobs in his lifetime – farmer, pipe line worker, paper carrier, bait shop owner, barkeeper and retail. He retired from the Water Treatment Department with the City of Humboldt.
If you met Cecil, you knew Cecil. He didn't treat a stranger any different than he treated his friends and family. He seldom had a frown and most always met you with a big smile and a handshake or a big hug if you were special to him.
He enjoyed drinking, jokes, cards and being with his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. He enjoyed traveling and would tell you all about everything he had seen and everything he wanted to see.
He loved his relatives and traveled to see them whenever he could. He especially loved his Carnes and Ensminger cousins.
Cecil is survived by two sons, Shane Carpenter and wife Stacy, and Clayton Carpenter and wife Julie all of Chanute, KS; three granddaughters, Kaleena Cummings and husband Ray, Jenny Shultz and Siara Capenter, all of Chanute, KS; two great-grandchildren Kilee and Gage Cummings; four brothers, George Carpenter and wife Geraldine of Shelbina, MO, Bob Carpenter and wife Linda of El Dorado Springs, MO, Jerry Carpenter and wife Cheryl of El Dorado Springs, MO, and Alan Carpenter and wife Vicky of Dixon, MO; two sisters, Lillie Olson and husband Doug of Nevada, MO, and Kay Hurshman and husband Dean of Lee's Summit, MO; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many great-greats; a large extended family of cousins and friends; and last but not least, he leaves his very best friends Dale Cox and Jim Crismas to mourn for him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Donald and Lawrence and a sister-in-law Hazel Carpenter.
Cremation has taken place.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 22, 2008 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Humboldt, Kansas.
Memorials in his name may be made to the Humboldt Historical Society and may be left with the funeral home.
Penwell-Gabel Humboldt Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: TiogaRose
Record added: Aug 20, 2008
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