Kenneth Lyle Carpenter, 84, died March 4, 2006, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Mt. Morris, Michigan on Aug. 17, 1921 where he spent his early childhood. He spent his formative years in Flint and Saginaw, Michigan during the years of the Great Depression. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1939, and during World War II served as a mechanic crew chief for the 11th Pursuit Squadron P-40, the "Flying Tigers of Alaska" in the Aleutian Islands.
After the war, he served two tours of duty as part of the Military Assistance Advising Group as an ordnance officer, assisting first in Taiwan from 1956 to 1957, and then in Iran from 1960 to 1963 before retiring from the Army with the rank of Major.
One of his most cherished accomplishments was being a bush pilot in Alaska in the late '40s.
He continued with a second career as a research and grants contract administrator at the University of Texas at El Paso, and finally at Arizona State University before retiring in 1983.
He is survived by his wife Mireille; son Bill (Julie) from Carson City, Nev.; son, Jeff (Caroline) from Tempe; brothers, Jerry and Jim from Texas; niece, Cathy Honsa from Queen Creek; sisters-in-law, Maria Santamaria from Payson, and Claire Cabre from Spain; brother-in-law Vicente (Ursula) from Spain; grandchildren, Robert and Kristie from California; great-grandchildren, Dane and Haley from Tennessee and Cole from California; nephews, Jose (Li-Jun) Maria from Spain, Antonio (Josephine) Cabre from Spain; and Robert Cabre and Elda from Canada.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clair and Vera Carpenter; sister, Catherine; and his first wife, Alma Hogan.
Memorials may be given to Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane in Payson.