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Michael L. Carpenter

September 21, 1969 — July 2, 2024


Michael Carpenter passed away at his Elmore home on July 2, 2024, surrounded by his family. Mike was born on September 21, 1969, in Wheeling, West Virginia, the son of Michael and Connie (Luyster). While deeply saddened by his loss, we take comfort in knowing that Mike will remain with us in spirit, continuing to bring us smiles and laughter. Depending on your relationship with him, you may have known Mike as Bubba, Uncle Mike, Carp, or even “that boy.”

Passionate is the best way to describe Mike. Mike was immensely proud to have served in the U.S. Army, and we were equally proud of his service. Mike also was a skilled machinist who loved all things mechanical, especially if they had a motor.

Mike's culinary skills were legendary. Some of his greatest creations came from his kitchen, grill, or smoker. Cooking was more than a hobby for Mike; it was a passion. Often with a Crown Apple nearby, he crafted pizzas that were second to none, along with unforgettable chicken and barbeque. And good Lord, did he make plenty, always making sure no one left his home hungry.

A devoted Steelers and Ohio State fan, Mike loved hosting game day parties and engaging in friendly banter with fans of other football teams.

Mike leaves behind his beloved wife, Leslie Cochran Carpenter, whom he married July 19, 1996; children Ashley (Lucas) Wright of Dayton; Trey (Caitlin) Smith of Haslet, Texas; Tyler Smith of Elmore; Michael (Kristin) Leasure of Fremont; Chelisa Carpenter of Barnesville; and Ridge (Jasmine) McBurney of Byesville as well as 13 grandchildren. He also leaves behind siblings Missy Carpenter, Mark Carpenter and Chris (Jill) Carpenter, all of Barnesville; father Michael Carpenter of Barnesville; mother-in-law Judy Cochran; sisters-in-law Lisa (Tim) Jackson of Middlebourne, West Virginia, and London (Lee Taylor) Cochran of Bellaire; brothers-in-law Lee Cochran of Reynoldsburg and Len (Carla) Cochran of Humble, Texas. He was preceded in death by his mother Connie Carpenter; father-in-law Gary Cochran; and sister-in-law Johnna Cochran.

A celebration of life and breakfast benefit will take place on July 28 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Elmore American Legion, 345 Sherman Street, Elmore. Memorial contributions may be made to the Colon Cancer Coalition.


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