Dennis M. Carpenter, 59, a life long Rush County resident, passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Rush Memorial Hospital due to suffering a massive heart attack.
He was born Feb. 27, 1954, in Rushville to J.D. and Nadine (Griffin) Carpenter. He married Doretta "Dee" (Ailes) Stevens on Dec. 31, 2002, and she survives. Dennis and Dee had been together since 1988. Dennis was a US Marine Corp. veteran, serving from 1974-1978. He drove large wreckers for Davis Towing & Recovery nearly 22 years. He was a mechanic working from home many years and also drove a truck for K&W Fueling, Wilson Farms, Gettinger Farms, Jay Long Caldwell and Brian Batten Farms. Dennis had a passion for racing stock cars. He raced several years at Mt. Lawn, New Castle and Union County Speedways. He and his wife Dee, along with family & friends, loved going to Haspen Acre's in Laurel with their 4x4. He also enjoyed flying remote control helicopters and helping others out when he could. In addition to his wife, Dee, of Rushville, he is survived by his mother, Nadine Carpenter of Rush County; daughter, Jennifer Jones of Shelbyville; step daughter, Royetta and husband Phil Murray of Connersville; brothers, Steve of Shelbyville, Jay, Eric, Jeff and wife Paula, Duane and wife Edith, Tim and wife Jo, Brian and wife Heather, Chris and wife Bobbie and Derrick and wife Billie Carpenter, all of Rushville; sisters, Brenda Newman, Beth Scott and Karrie Carpenter, all of Rushville; grandchildren, Blake Anderson and Bayleigh and Benjamin Webb all of Shelbyville; and step granddaughters, Marie and Sophie Murray of Connersville. He was preceded in death by his father, J.D. in 2002. Dennis will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Moster Mortuary, Rushville, with John Wall presiding. Friends are welcome to visit at the mortuary from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Burial will be in the Arlington East Hill Cemetery and military rites will be provided by the Rush County Veteran's Honor Guard.