2009-09-17 / Obituaries

James Carpenter

James Carpenter James Carpenter James Lee Carpenter, 64, of Cedarville, a skilled hobby mechanic and parts maker who enjoyed many kinds of repair projects, owned Ford’s Cottages on Grove Street. Mr. Carpenter died Thursday, September 10, 2009, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie.

He was born February 11, 1945, in St. Johns, the son of Harold and Mary (nee Schneikart) Carpenter.

Mr. Carpenter grew up on the family farm while attending Ashley Community Schools and then Delta College.

He joined the United States Coast Guard and served on the icebreaker Mackinaw.

After his service, Mr. Carpenter worked for Sealed Power in St. Johns for 18 years, making piston rings, while he also farmed part time. In 1987, he sold his farm and moved to Cedarville, where he owned and operated Ford's Cottages on Grove Street.

He was a member of the Antique Outboard Motor Club and the Les Cheneaux Sportsman’s Club, and he attended First Union Church.

Mr. Carpenter enjoyed tinkering with motors, boats, and snowmobiles. He fabricated parts for the many projects he worked on. He enjoyed restoring Austin Healey sports cars. He also liked woodworking, fishing, and hunting deer, ducks, and geese. After moving to Cedarville, he loved to restore boats, Cushman scooters, and antique outboard motors. He will be remembered by his family as an avid collector of spare parts.

Mr. Carpenter is survived by two daughters and their families, Carie and Brian Decker of Sault Ste. Marie and Shannon and Greg Decker of Mikado; one son and his family, Jonas and Katie Carpenter of Cedarville; five grandchildren, Brian Decker II, Christopher Decker, Emily Decker, Sara Decker, and Ava Marie Carpenter, and his cat named “Buddy.”

He was preceded in death by his parents and by one brother, John Carpenter.

Service were Monday, September 14, at noon, at the First Union Church in Cedarville, with a gathering beginning at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Clark Township Fire Department, P.O. Box 367, Cedarville, MI 49719.

Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford assisted the family with arrangements.

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