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Ronald "Ron" Gary Carpenter, Sr.

Ronald "Ron" Gary Carpenter, Sr.
  • December 5, 1942 - January 24, 2022
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • MI

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“Worked with Ron at binky and r&l Carriers for a lot of years he will be missed he was a great man and always had kind things to say to others my...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: John Hayes - friend

“I met Ron just a few years ago through John Tenney. It didn't take long for me to realize that Ron was a kind and generous man who loved life. He...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Scott Elzey - markle, IN - Friend

“Sorry for your loss.Ron was a great friend and Truck guy..l hope he is with the circle of car buddies..helping John with all his shows..God Bless.. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Connie Moffett - East leroy, MI

“My deepest sympathy to Ron's family and my best friend, Lynda. I enjoyed hanging out with Ron and Lynda at Cruise the Gut each year, showing his...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Bobbie Zull - Battle Creek, MI

“I met Ron when he came into R & L Carries where I was employed. He and I ran LTL together. He was a great guy to work with and a good friend. I lost...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Tom Cleveland - Kalamazoo, MI

“Rest easy stitch hope theres a dirt track up there plenty of great shoes up there to put on a helluva show ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Greg Royer - Battle creek, MI


Ronald "Ron" Gary Carpenter, Sr., age 79, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully on Monday morning, January 24, 2022 at the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. He was born in Battle Creek on December 5, 1942, the loving son of John Robert and Lucille (Gainder) Carpenter and graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1961. Ron worked for several years as a truck driver for Davis Oil, Behnke Trucking and R & L Freight.

Ron married Lynda Merchant in Battle Creek on June 1, 1987; she survives. He is also survived by his son, Ronald G. (Jennifer) Carpenter, Jr., of Springfield, Missouri; his sisters, Cynthia (Ken) Yoder and Marcia Rice; sister-in-law, Marcia Carpenter; Lynda's son, Lynn Jenkins; his dog "Snickers"; and several nieces & nephews. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Roger A. Carpenter.

Ron was a member of the National Street Rod Association and a former member of the Lakeview Lions Club. He built a stunning 1948 (5-Window) Chevy truck and enjoyed going to car shows. Ron enjoyed all types of racing, but his favorites were NASCAR and open-wheel racing. He also enjoyed building race cars & go-karts and looked forward to the "Chili Bowl" in Tulsa every year.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 28, 2022 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Private funeral services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Centrica Care Navigators.

The family has created a beautiful slideshow with photos throughout the years that may be viewed at https://vimeo.com/672452360.