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August 13, 1955 - July 6, 2020
Service Date July 10, 2020
You are welcome to join his family for a celebration of life outside at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Two Harbors on Friday, July 10, 4 – 6 p.m.
Kerry “Slim” Ray Carpenter, 64, died at home on July 6, 2020, surrounded by his family. He spent his last week making sure the lawn and garden were up to par before he said goodbye.
He was born August 13, 1955 in Duluth. He attended Clover Valley High School and was a heavy equipment operator and proud member of the IBEW 160. He met the love of his life Nikki in 1991. Together, they raised two kids (his pride and joy) and celebrated their love by eloping to Reno, Nevada in 2006.
Sarcasm was Slim’s love language – he never missed an opportunity for a laugh, usually at the expense of one of his brothers. He was always generous and had a big heart, from fixing the bikes of the neighbor kids to mentoring younger employees in the trades. He was exceedingly organized, especially in his garage, where he could build anything and tell you exactly which drawer each bolt was in. He loved animals and music and taught himself guitar in retirement. He was a wonderful dad, and was quick to pull out a photo of one of his kids to do a little bragging.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Julie Mowers and Kenneth Carpenter.
He is survived by his wife Nikki; his daughter Kaila and son Oliver; his spoiled black lab Sassy; siblings Larry (Marcie) Sandretsky, Kim, Cindy (David) Gilbertson, Becky (Barry) Ives and Kevin (Sherri) Carpenter; his parents-in-law Brian and Sally Johnson; and many biological and adopted nieces and nephews who relied on him for advice and hand-me-down tools.
You are welcome to join his family for a celebration of life outside at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Two Harbors on Friday, July 10, 4 – 6 p.m. Coffee, juice and cake will be served. The family requests that you stay home to celebrate Slim if you are sick and that guests respect social distancing guidelines. They appreciate your virtual or handwritten condolences if you are avoiding gatherings. Please send memorial donations to the Miller-Dwan Foundation, 502 East Second Street, Duluth, MN 55805 or to Cancer Research at the Mayo Clinic – Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
Special thanks to the amazing staff at Essentia Health Cancer Center and Miller-Dwan Rehabilitation Center.