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Obituary ~ Clifford Delmont "Cliff" Carpenter
June 22, 1924 ~ July 07, 2014
Clifford Delmont Carpenter, age 90, of rural Andover, Missouri, the son of James William and Catherine (McDowell) Carpenter, was born June 22, 1924 at Andover, Missouri. He died at his Andover home on Monday, July 7, 2014.
Cliff graduated from Lamoni High School in 1943. He registered for the Navy V-12 Program in June of 1943. He attended Graceland College until he was called to duty in November 1943. He attended an eight-month training in Maryville, Missouri, then was transferred to Minneapolis, Minnesota. After Cliff graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Science and Tactics in February of 1946, he was assigned to the USS Cleveland at Newport, Rhode Island where he completed additional training. Near the end of World War II, his ship was sent to Japan at Atsugi Air Station near Tokyo. Following his tour of active duty in the Navy and years of Navy reserve duty, Cliff was honorably discharged at the rank of Lieutenant from the Navy on January 6, 1978. He then joined the Missouri Army National Guard and served until June 22, 1984, with Harry Truman's old unit, the 129th Field Artillery Battery D, in Independence, Missouri. Cliff dedicated 41 years of his life to the service of his country.
After his discharge, Cliff went back to school and earned his degree in education and history from the University of Minnesota. He taught at the Lamoni High School for two years. He got his Master's degree in history from the University of Missouri in 1950, then began a 34-1/2 year career teaching in the Kansas City, Missouri area. He retired in January 1985.
In June 1985, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Ann Hull, and they moved to Andover. They were blessed with one daughter, Laurie. Cliff raised Texas Longhorn cattle and paint horses on the farm he was so proud of. He had a large pond built and took great care to keep the property mowed so they could share it with family and friends. They enjoyed hosting an annual bluegrass jamboree every July on their farm around the pond.
Cliff was a lifetime member of the Community of Christ Church; he currently attended at Andover. He participated in the Conservation Reserve Program; he and Liz have planted over 60,000 trees. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and also watching football and baseball. When they moved to Andover, Cliff was very involved and participated in supporting his church and community. Cliff was passionate about mowing and making the farm look its best. He was a member of the American Legion Post 56 in Eagleville, Missouri and went on an Honor Flight for WWII Veterans in 2009. He was also a charter member of the Optimist Club of Lamoni.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Lewis, Mack, and infant William Carpenter; and sisters, Norma Harper, Fern Beardsley and Jean Murdock.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Carpenter of Andover, Missouri; daughter, Laurie Carpenter, of Marion, Iowa; sister, MaryBeth Evans of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; sisters-in-law, Jimmie Carpenter and Gloria Harvey; brother-in-law, Alva Murdock; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
Memorial services were conducted at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 11, 2014 at Lamoni Community of Christ Church, Lamoni, Iowa. Interment was made at Andover Cemetery, Andover, Missouri.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2014