Lewis G. 'Corky' Carpenter

Nov 8, 2012 Staff

Lewis G. "Corky" Carpenter died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at the Veterans Home in Boise, Idaho, where he had resided since February. He was 83 years old.

Visitation will be 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Chapel of Mount Hope, Hudson's Funeral Home. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Bethel Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery with military honors.

Lewis Gilbert Carpenter was born Feb. 28, 1929, near Lander, the son of Robert L. and Esther Mae (Meredith) Carpenter. He was the middle son of five boys.

He was raised in the Lander area where he attended and graduated from Fremont County Vocational High School. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he faithfully served his country for the next 25 years, six months and six days. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars and had other assignments all around the world.

He married Norma Bosworth in 1961. She died from cancer in 1983. He then met and married Donna Mae Puffe on June 2, 1984, and became stepfather to her six children.

His family said Mr. Carpenter loved the outdoors, fishing, reading all books (especially Louis L'Amour), doing crossword puzzles, playing solitaire (he always won) and tinkering with electronics. We will all miss his Cheshire cat grin.

He is survived by his brother, Kenneth and his wife Fern of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; children Judy Lone Bear and her husband Willie of Lander, Pamela Nancolas and her husband Garret of Caldwell, Idaho, Jayne Milonas and her husband Rick of Rock Springs, Bryan Puffe and his wife Merry of Caldwell, Idaho, and Greg Puffe and his wife Teresa of Nampa, Idaho; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Peggi Morris, and brothers Marvin of Tacoma, Wash., Clyde of Libby, Mont., and Joe of Mills.

Services are under the direction of the Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander. An online guest book is available at

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