John Woods Carpenter Jr., 88
John Woods Carpenter Jr. (May 22, 2013)
From birth, he had spent his summers at Walloon Lake and moved there permanently in 1970. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of John W. and Maribel Olds Carpenter. He graduated from University School in Shaker Heights and then went on to graduate from Princeton University. During World War II, he served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater and was in Tokyo Bay at the surrender of Japan.
Mr. Carpenter had been in sales all his business career, first with True Temper Corp., of Cleveland, Ohio, and later selling prefabricated homes, first with National Homes of Lafayette, Ind., and later with Wick Building Systems of Mazomanie, Wis.
His two greatest interests were international travel and his association with Rotary. He has traveled to more than 250 countries, including every continent, which has given him a world outlook. He was very involved in Rotary Club activities and was particularly interested in Rotary's World Community Service efforts. He had been active in a number of World Community Service projects with the Petoskey club including one which provided a number of workshops for street children in Lima, Peru, and another project which provided clothing for street people in Romania. One of the highlights of his life was to share the dais with the Dalai Lama at a Rotary meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. He had been the first to propose the Dalai Lama as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Mr. Carpenter had volunteered his services a number of times in such places as Vietnam, Poland, Peru, Kenya, Russia and Malaysia, where he taught English and made site evaluations for major Rotary International projects which were seeking funding in various countries.
He was very much concerned about world poverty and the lack of opportunity available to the youth of Third World countries where the majority of the people are chained to the eternal cycle of poverty and the lack of opportunity for advancement. To this end, he has devoted considerable time and effort toward raising money for the Rotary Foundation to carry on its charitable work throughout the world.
Recognizing his lifelong service to others and his contributions made through Rotary over the years, Rotary International honored him with the prestigious "Service Above Self" award in 2007.
He is survived by his brother, Noble O. Carpenter, and his wife of Canton, Ohio; nephews, John L. Carpenter of North Yarmouth, Maine, Noble O. Carpenter Jr. of Bronxville, N.Y., Robert W. Carpenter of Wyndmoor, Pa., and Alan Dickson of Walloon Lake, their wives, 12 grandnieces and nephews and many cousins and friends.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Stafford's Bay View Inn.
Internment will be in the family plot at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to The Petoskey Rotary Club Charities International Fund, P.O. Box 61, Petoskey, Mich. 49770; Smile Train, 41 Madison Ave., 28th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10010; or the charity of choice.
Arrangements were handled by Charles G. Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey.