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Shicoton couple die in State 29 crash

GRESHAM --- A Shiocton couple were killed Tuesday after their vehicle was struck by an oncoming semitrailer truck.
   The Shawano County Sheriffs department was called to State 29 at Leopolis Road just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. John W. Carpenter, 79, and Betty L. Carpenter, 78, were pronounced dead at the scene.
   The truck driver was not injured.

   Couple killed In crash identified
   Officials have identified the couple killed in a crash Tuesday west of Shawano as driver John W. Carpenter, Carpenter, 79, and passenger Betty L. Carpenter, 78, of Shiocton.
   Deputies were called to the crash at Wisconsin 29 and Leopolis Road in the town of Herman just before 4 p.m. Tuesday The Carpenters' 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis failed to stop for traffic as it attempted to cross 29, officials said. It collided with a semitrailer.
   The semi driver, a 72-year-old Rice Lake man, was not injured. The Carpenters were pronounced dead at the scene.


Carpenter, John W.  Carpenter, Betty L

John, age 79, and Betty, age 78, died on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident near Shawano. John was born on January 18, 1930, at home in the Township of Maine, son of the late Alpheus and Alyce (Conlon) Carpenter. Betty was born on December 18, 1930, in Appleton, daughter of the late Edward and Irene (Lettman) King. John was a graduate of Shiocton High School in 1947 and was a Golden Glove Boxer during high school. Betty also attended Shiocton High School.
   After graduating, John attended University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and in 1949 entered the US Army Division 508 Airborne and was honorably discharged in 1952. Betty worked at her parents restaurant and Riverside Paper Company.
   John and Betty were united in marriage on November 1, 1951, at the family homestead in the Township of Maine. Betty later moved to Georgia to be with John when he was stationed there. When returning to Shiocton, John worked as an Outagamie County Patrol office[r]. John and Betty also owned and operated Carpenter Bar in Shiocton for 35 years until his retirement to the family farm.
   John was an avid hunter and bowler and was well known as a local umpire. He was a member of the Post 512 and the Honor Guard and also the American Legion Shiocton.
   Betty was currently employed at Wal-Mart in New London, in the fabric department  for the past 20 years. She enjoyed bowling, sewing crafts, jigsaw puzzles and spending time with her customers and friends at Wal-Mart. Betty was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
   They are survived by three daughters: Linda (Brian) Ritchie, Shiocton; Wanda (Robert) Schneider, Shiocton; Carla (Steve) Beyer, Shiocton; a son, John (Diane) Carpenter. Betty's sister and brother-in-law, Verona (Roger) Rueden, Shiocton. Six grandchildren: Kim (Rick) Jennerjohn; Tammy (Billy) Collar, Clint (Tina) Morack; Amy (Jason) Blohowiak; Tanya (Jeremy) Hermann; and John C. (Tonya) Carpenter and sixteen great grandchildren.
   They are preceded in death by their parents and Betty's brother and sister-in-law, James and Eunice King.
   Funeral services for John and Betty will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2009, at 12 p.m. Noon St. Denis Catholic Church in Shiocton with Rev. Micheal Isbell officiating. Private burial will be held with full Military Graveside Rites for John. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service. A memorial fund has been established. Borchardt & Moder Funeral Home N5645 State Road 76. Shiocton.

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