2015 Echoes of the Trail in Fort Scott, Kansas

It is with great sadness that the Echoes of the Trails family reports the passing of Cowboy Poet Harold Eugene Carpenter, age 84, of Sedan, Kansas on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the Sedan City Hospital in Sedan.

Harold was born on November 23, 1930 in Sedan, KS to Roy Benjamin Carpenter and Sarah Edith (Ford) Carpenter. He graduated from Sedan High School in the class of 1948. After high school, Harold enlisted in the United States Army on November 8, 1951 serving until he was honorably discharged on October 13, 1953.

On December 26, 1951 he married Naida Barrett in Las Cruces, New Mexico. They moved to Sedan in 1972 where Harold owned and operated Carpenter Machine Shop where he was a machinist for the last forty three years.

Harold was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sedan, was past deacon and was involved in all church activities for many years; he was a member of the Tuesday morning prayer breakfast and American Legion and VFW in Sedan as well as the Sedan Chamber of Commerce.

Harold was very well known for his rope tricks and poems; he was a member of the Missouri Cowboy Poets, performed at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, the National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock, Texas, at the Riders in the Sky in Parsons, Kansas; and his poems were also published in the Western Horseman Magazine. Harold also enjoyed shooting of firework in many towns for more than twenty seven years.

Harold is survived by his wife of 63 years, Naida Carpenter of the home in Sedan; two sons, John Carpenter and wife Loretta of Wichita, Kansas and Tony Carpenter and wife Kelly of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and one daughter, Kathy Carpenter Cude of Sedan, Kansas; two sisters, Dorothy Irene Carpenter Garrett of Brookfield, Missouri, Maxine Carpenter Brim of Elgin, Kansas, and one brother, Jack Lee Carpenter and wife Kay of Peru, Kansas; ten grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one infant son, William Roy Carpenter, one sister, Gerry Carpenter Wilson and his parents.

Church Services will be held Friday, October 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Sedan with Pastor Mark Davis of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sedan.

Family and friends may call Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Dickens Family Funeral Home in Sedan.

The family has suggested memorials to the First Baptist Church Window Fund, and those remembrances may be left in care of the Dickens Family Funeral Home, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, Kansas 67361.