Ray Carpenter was born June 21, 1924, and died - too soon - on December 23, 2012. He grew up near Lake Nahwatzel and Camp Grisdale, where he started logging as a teenager. He spent much of his personal and working life outdoors -hunting, trapping, fishing, and logging.
When he was a young man, he did some boxing but decided to stop after a broken nose. Ray was also a lifelong baseball fan, attending many local high school games and watching the Mariners. He enjoyed dancing and he was an expert home brewer.
Ray served in the Korean Conflict and was active in the VFW, where he served as Commander and Sergeant-At-Arms in the Color Guard. He was an active member of the Eagles.
He is survived by his wife of 17 and a half years, Mavis Carpenter; stepson, David; step-grandchildren, Bill, Felicia, and Hannah; one great-grandson, Carter; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary. We will all miss him terribly and we were lucky to have him in our lives.
We should all strive to be as good a person as he was.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at Whiteside Mortuary, 316 W. Young St., Elma, Wash. 98541.