He was born Oct. 10, 1921, in Waverly, Iowa, to the late Lloyd Charles and Marcella Bartlett Carpenter.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; two brothers, Clarence "Jim" Carpenter and Robert Donald Carpenter; and a sister, Iphagene Carpenter Cox.
He is survived by: his loving wife of 69 years, Sarah Estelle of St. Petersburg; a son, Loren Jr. (Donna) of Parrish, Fla.; a daughter, Barbara Carpenter of Lakeland, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Paul Vance Ross Jr. and Kristi Kent and a great-grandson, Brayden Kent, all of Tampa, Fla. He also leaves behind his brother, Richard "Dick" Carpenter of Grundy Center, Iowa.
Loren graduated from Waverly High School and went on to Northwestern Iowa University on a basketball scholarship. Loren moved to Otto in 1981 from Haines City, Fla. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Loren was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge of Mayo, Fla. Loren was a member of Dillard United Methodist Church.
Services were held Wednesday at First United Methodist Church of Lakeland, 72 Lake Morton Drive. A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at Dillard United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dillard United Methodist Church, P O Box 463, Dillard, GA 30537; or to Suncoast Hospice, 3050 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33712.
The Clayton Tribune, Oct. 20, 2011