Harold Joseph "Joe" Carpenter, 77, of Iowa City, passed away Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Briarwood Health Care Center surrounded by family.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed toward Pathways or Essence of Life Hospice.
Harold was born on Dec. 12, 1940, in Iowa City, son of Wayne and Evelyn (Petru) Carpenter. In 1959, Harold "Joe" enlisted in the United States Army and served until 1961. On Sept. 14, 1963, Joe married the love of his life, Louise Barnes, in Lone Tree, Iowa.
Joe loved spending time with his family and friends. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought him unimaginable joy. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, antique tractors and cars. He loved taking rides in the '77 MG Midget he and Louise had.
Joe worked construction in the Iowa City area for most of his life. At the time of his stroke, he worked in the saw room at Nagle Lumber.
Joe was a gentle giant with integrity, honesty and a fun sense of humor. His strong grip could have you quickly yelling "uncle". He would build a fire so hot, you would think you were in a sauna, and then he would crack a sly smile about it.
Joe is survived by his wife, Louise; their two daughters, Sheila (Marv) Mast of Riverside, Iowa, and Sonja (Matt) Harapat of Iowa City; his grandchildren, Heather (Dave) Mann, Hunter Mast, Natalie Harapat (Brandon Lange), Nate Harapat and Chelsey Kerf; his four great-granddaughters; and his sister, Betty (Gary) Evans. He is also survived by numerous extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and his infant great-grandson.
The family would like to thank the staff at Briarwood for the care they showed Joe. Thank you.
Online condolences may be made at www.lensingfuneral.com.