Kevin Jay Carpenter was born two months early, at 3 pounds on December 9, 1956, in Topeka, Kansas to a loving family. He survived to spend a lifetime blessing others with his kind ways. Kevin entered the church triumphant on December 16, 2022. He died peacefully at Cleveland Clinic in Avon, Ohio after a brief and unexpected infection, despite exemplary and compassionate care.
Much of Kevin's childhood was spent living across from a park where he could climb trees, fish, and ride his bike to the pool. Kevin developed a love of music early in life, taking piano lessons, playing baritone and singing in school choirs and the madrigal group, "Singers". He continued singing in church and community choirs his entire life. A high school trip to Europe with Singers made a lifetime impact on his interest in history. Kevin was in Boy Scouts and had quite amusing recollections of his primitive camping experiences. Later, with his family, it was "glamping" with air mattresses and a camping stove.
Kevin was a graduate of Topeka West High School in 1975. He earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Kansas in 1980. He loved following the Jayhawks, especially rooting for them in basketball. He earned a B.A. in Information Systems from Washburn University. He moved to Ohio to work for Revco in 1985 and reconnected with his sister's friend Kristi. They fell in love and married on October 10, 1987 and made a beautiful life together. Kevin worked in IT and then customer service. In his retirement, he enjoyed driving special needs children to school and volunteering at the church food pantry. He genuinely enjoyed serving in the churches he belonged to. Kevin survived the great recession of 2008, the pandemic of 2020 and always faced life with faith and dignity. Perhaps it was his knowledge of history and solid faith that allowed him to remain steady during any difficulties that occurred. The word most often used to describe Kevin was "kind". He was always forgiving and generous in his thoughts towards others.
Kevin loved to travel and visited 45 of the 50 states. He had a penchant for history and an amazing memory for dates. He enjoyed presidential history, visiting 37 of the Presidential sites with Kristi.
But, most of all, Kevin loved his family. He loved seeing his children grow and develop their own interests, taking them to museums, fishing, and outdoor sights. He was proud of who his children became and enjoyed spending time with them and their spouses. And, of course, he loved being "Poppa", singing to his grandchildren, telling them stories and watching their personalities develop. Kevin was thankful for his extended family and friends that blessed his life.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife and soul mate, Kristi, who was spoiled by his love and kindness for 36 years; children Stephanie Ann (Kyle) Riesenberg, Jared Scott (Kaitlyn) Carpenter and Brent Eric (Kelly) Carpenter; grandchildren: Luca, Gavin and Emilia Riesenberg, Cameron Carpenter and baby Carpenter arriving in February; sister Susan Kim (Todd) Wallace; mother Shirley Carpenter; In-laws Don and Elaine Johnson and family; and many nieces and nephews. Kevin was predeceased by his father Gary Carpenter.
Memorials can be sent to First Lutheran Church Music or First Lutheran Church food pantry, 1019 W 5th Street, Lorain Ohio, 44052.
Memorial service will be Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 11:00am at First Lutheran Church, 1019 W 5th Street, Lorain with Rev. Donald Frantz officiating. The family will receive friends at the church for visitation beginning at 10:00am until the service. Private burial will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery, Avon. Services by Busch Funeral Home, Avon Lake. 440-933-3202