Robert D. Carpenter
Date of Birth: September 8, 1932
Date of Death: October 8, 2019
October 13, 2019 - 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary
October 14, 2019 - 2:00 pm - First Presbyterian Church
Robert D. “Bob” Carpenter, 87, of Huntington, died Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in St. Mary’s Medical Center. He was born September 8, 1932 in Huntington, a son of the late Verl S. and Pat Wagstaff Carpenter. Bob was a graduate of Marshall University and The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He retired as Owner and Operator of Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary, but remained very active at the Funeral Home until his death. His desire for Community Service and Professional service led him to become a member of the Rotary Club of Huntington, which he was a Past President with 65 years of perfect attendance, Past District Governor, the National Polio Plus Coordinator, member of the International World Community Service Committee and served as the Personal Representative for several Rotary International Presidents. Past President of the WV Funeral Directors Association. After his involvement with the Marshall University Plane Crash in 1970, he was the driving force and Chairman for the National Funeral Directors Association Disaster Committee which trained over 5,000 professionals and received the National Service Award for elevating funeral service to new heights as well as the author of numerous articles that were published in National and International Professional Publications. He served as Board Member and President of the Tri-State Fire Academy from 1958 to 1997, still a member of the Academy Board and for his many contributions to public safety, raising funds for new Fire Stations, equipment and training, he was honored by the naming of the Robert D. Carpenter-Training Center at the Academy. He was also Past Exalted Ruler for B.P.O. Elks 313. and a member of The First Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn Edwards Carpenter; two sons, R. David Carpenter (Willa) of Hurricane and Tim Carpenter (Bonnie) of Huntington; two grandchildren, Chad David Carpenter and Elizabeth Anne Carpenter; step-grandchildren, Taylor Wells (Jordon), Kelly Cunningham, Jaiden and Bindi Spradling and a great-granddaughter, Emma Anne Carpenter. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Monday, October 14, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Skip Seibel. Friends may call from 3 to 6 pm, Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary. Expressions of sympathy may be made to The Robert D. Carpenter Training Center c/o the Tri-State Fire Academy, 4200 Ohio River Rd, Huntington, WV 25702, Rotary International Foundation or First Presbyterian Church. Our family would like to thank our Woodlands Family and the entire staff for their most loving care. You are truly appreciated.
From: Marianna Towle Oct 10 2019 9:52AM I am so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing! Because of my father, Jerry Furbee, I've known Bob since I was a young girl...I have such fond memories of Dad and Bob, and the guys, having their weekday morning coffee, first at Dwight's on 1st Street, then McDonald's and finally Burger King! Oh the stories and jokes they would tell! Dad and Bob are having that morning coffee and sharing those stories/jokes once again!!
Please accept my most sincere condolences!
Marianna Towle (Furbee)
From: Fred and Amber Kitchen Family Oct 11 2019 10:52AM Bob, was a staple in funeral service and cared very well for many Huntington area families over the years. He invested himself into community and making it better for future generations. Our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Carpenter, David, Tim and family. From: David Amos Oct 11 2019 1:11PM Evelyn, Tim an David,
Sincerest condolences to each of you. I have many fond memories of my days with Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary. Bob always had an interesting story to impart. Always a class gentleman in all that he did. He will be missed. Rest in peace my friend.
From: Hohn& Alice Reedf Oct 11 2019 2:26PM John always thought very highly of Mr. Carpenter and looked forward to coming to the Fire Academy and working on disaster planning. He certainly set a high standard in his chosen profession. Our thoughts and prayers are for comfort for those who loved him. From: Charlotte Hoschar Nixon Oct 13 2019 5:50PM Evelyn, David, and Tim:
I am sorry for the loss of our city and your family. Mr Carpenter was a quiet and caring person
From: Carolyn Hartenbach Oct 14 2019 6:43PM Evelyn, David and Tim,
I was so sorry to read of your husband/dad's death. Bob was always very kind to me when Kip worked at the funeral home. I have many good memories of those days. I drove down by the funeral home last month and saw that where we lived is now a parking lot.
I am so sorry for this sad time in your lives. I am sure Bob will be missed by everyone who knew him. I send my love and prayers during this challenging time in you life.
From: Henry Vinson Nov 10 2019 2:39PM I'm sorry to hear about Mr. Carpenter. I have fond memories of him. My heartfelt condolences to the Carpenter family. From: Chris Cook Nov 29 2019 12:10PM With deepest sympathies. From: William Hensley Feb 10 2020 7:21PM I just found out today about Bob’s passing. I am so sorry. I wish I would have known because I would have been there. I really enjoyed my time with you guys and I will always treasure the time I spent with everyone at Klingel-Carpenter. 1995-1997. I remember Bob and I had several long conversations about my future. I enjoyed stopping by the funeral home as the years went by and seeing Bob and the guys. Know myself and Kim are praying for you guys. God bless you all.