James ‘Jim’ A. Carpenter

October 30, 1941 - January 30, 2014

Visitation: Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.

Service: His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Canton United Methodist Church.

Canton.  James ‘Jim’ A. Carpenter, age 72, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in hospice care at Fellowship Village in Inwood, IA, surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer.  His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Monday from 2 to8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.

          Jim was born October 30, 1941 near Canton to Ed and Florance (Riley) Carpenter.  He attended country school and graduated from Canton High School in 1959, having been very involved in FFA, football and other activities.  Following graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and served 3 ½ years as an aviation mechanic.

          Jim married Jeanine Johnson September 17, 1965 at Ellsworth, MN.  The couple made their home on a farm near Canton.  He was very involved with his children and grandchildren, assisting them in 4-H and many other activities.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending their events.  Jim was an active member of Canton United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities.  He served on the Township Board and was a past member of Lincoln County Farm Bureau and Lincoln County Pork Producers. Jim was chosen by the South Dakota FFA Association to be recognized as an Honorary Chapter Famer.   He also enjoyed fishing, camping, canoeing, biking, and watching football.  He rarely missed a C-Hawks game.

          Grateful for having shared his life are his loving wife of 48 years, Jeanine; children- Christine (Mike) Tanner, Arkansas City, KS, Ed (Kristi) Carpenter, Canton and Michael (Nancy) Carpenter, Canton; 4 granddaughters- Kala Thompson, Abby, Kate, and Ally Carpenter; one great-granddaughter, Tessa Thompson; sister-in-law, Ardie (Mark) Nixa, Dakota Dunes, SD; sister-in-law, Sylvia Schroeder, Carroll, IA; brothers-in-law, Harlan (Dianne) Johnson, Ellsworth, MN and Melvin Johnson, Little Rock, IA; several nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother George.


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  1. Glenann & Denny Hanson on February 2, 2014 said:

    We were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was Glenann’s Sunday School and MYF friend growing up and it was so enjoyable to renew our friendship at the class reunions. He was so proud of his family and glowed when his granddaughter got to ride the class reunion float with him. Our sincere sympathies to his family and know he will be greatly missed.

  2. Michael,Robert,Ryan Kollasch on February 2, 2014 said:

    Jeanine,Christine,Ed,and Michael,

    We were very sorry to hear about Jim. We only knew Jim a short time but enjoyed his great sense of humor. We remember the times at the farm and all of Jim’s way of welcoming us, sitting around visiting, and his great food and breakfasts……. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers are being sent your way. He will be greatly missed.

    Michael,Robert,and Ryan Kollasch

  3. Carol and Pat Morgan on February 2, 2014 said:

    Our deepest sympathies to Jim’s family–we always enjoyed seeing Jim at the Blau reunion and will miss him!

  4. Carla McMurry-Kozak on February 2, 2014 said:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I will hold many dear memories of your dad- as we all grew up together. I will be there in spirit as I will be unable to attend. My heart felt prayers are with you always.

  5. Sonja Tyrrell on February 4, 2014 said:

    To the Family of Jim, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless your family.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Sonja & Mick Tyrrell