John F. Carpenter, 78, of North Main St., Earlville, NY, passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at University Hospital, Syracuse, NY.
He was born November 22, 1932 in Hamilton, a son of J. Cattell and Ruby Fagan Carpenter. He was a graduate of Hamilton High School, where he was a charter member of the Future Farmers of America chapter, and attended Morrisville Agricultural and Technical College. On February 17, 1955, John married Barbara J. Merkt in Glens Falls, NY. John had been a dairy farmer, and then worked for the Hamilton Village D.P.W. He became a Conservation Officer for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 7, in Cortland, until his retirement in 1993. A champion marksman, he was on the Region 7 Pistol Team where he won several awards and championships.
John was a member of the Park United Methodist Church in Hamilton and the First United Methodist Church in Earlville. He was also a member of the Earlville Conservation Club. He had been a member of the Earlville Cemetery Association and was the cemetery sexton for several years until retiring in 2010.
Surviving are his wife Barbara; his children, Stephen P. and Cheryl Carpenter of Oneida; Randy J. and Cathi Carpenter of Earlville; John C. and Rebecca Carpenter of Earlville; and Jeffrey S. Carpenter of Hamilton; grandchildren, Megan Carpenter and Bruce Warcup, Jr. of Rome; Mark Carpenter and Toni Campbell, Cassandra Carpenter and Hanna Carpenter, all of Earlville; step-grandchildren, Lukas Reynolds of Earlville; Katharine Grinnell and Charley Bielby of Sherrill; Tyler Grinnell of FL; a great-grandchild, Colin A. Carpenter; step-great-grandchildren, Braelynn Bielby, Alex Campbell and Madison Bielby; a sister-in-law, Jackie Loop of Earlville; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an infant son, John F. Carpenter, Jr.; two grandchildren, Eric. J. Carpenter and ChristiAnn Carpenter; and a sister, Mary Shaw.
In keeping with John’s wishes, graveside services will be held at the convenience of his family in the Earlville Cemetery.
There will be no calling hours.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Hamilton Central School FFA Chapter, 47 W. Kendrick Ave., Hamilton, NY 13346.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 3 Preston St., Earlville.