Joe R. Carpenter Sr. |

Joe R. Carpenter Sr.

Joe R. Carpenter Sr., of Grand Junction, passed away on July 1, 2006, at the Villa Grand Care Center. He was 85.Joe was born to Roy B. and Gracia (Simms) Carpenter in Ardmore, Okla. He grew up in McAllen, Texas, where he graduated from high school. Joe married Virginia Clement on Aug. 3, 1963, in Carson City, Nev., and the couple moved to Grand Junction in 1965. Joe and Virginia moved to Rifle in 1973, where they owned and operated The Parts House until retiring in 1988. The couple returned to the Grand Valley in 2000. Joe joined the U.S. Army on Sept. 17, 1942, in Mission, Texas, proudly serving his country and rising to the rank of sergeant before leaving the Army in 1946. He loved interacting with people from all walks of life, and was active in several civic organizations in both Rifle and Grand Junction, including the Rifle City Council (serving as mayor pro-tem), JUCO baseball community host, Lions Club, and RSVP Board and volunteer. Joe also served as the Veterans Services Officer for Garfield and Pitkin counties until 2000.Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, a daughter, Leanne, and a brother, Bob. Joe is survived by son Joseph R. (Sharla) Carpenter, of Rifle; daughters April (Lance McVay) Carpenter of Juneau, Alaska, Virginia (John) Ball, of Grand Junction, and Shelia (Jack) Kelley, of Sacramento, Calif.; son Ernest E. Klement, of San Diego, Calif.; and 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. The love and companionship of many good friends, including the Dorothy Basta and Myron Mertz families, was greatly cherished.There will be a memorial service Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, followed by military honors and interment at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado.Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, PO Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.

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