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Harold Carpenter

Harold G. Carpenter, 83, of Freeburg, Ill., passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019, in Freeburg, Ill.

Mr. Carpenter was born September 29, 1936, in Greenup, Ill., the son of Charles and Lydia, nee Underwood, Carpenter. He was the former editor of The Freeburg Tribune, taking over the reins as editor in 1972. He was named a Master Editor by the Southern Illinois Editorial Association in 1998, and his picture was placed in the Southern Illinois University Journalism Hall of Fame in Carbondale, Ill. He received a Key to the Village of Smithton, Ill., in 2016, in recognitioin of the more than 25 years he covered the village board meetings.

Mr. Carpenter was a former member of the Village of Freeburg Board of Trustees and a former member of the Freeburg Fire Protection District Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Mascoutah Typographical Union 443, Locklar-Smith American Legion Post 550, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, the Freeburg Sportsman’s Club, and the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce, having served as president 1966-67. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran stationed at Turkey Hill Radar station in Belleville, Ill., prior to his marriage. He was a retired member of the Freeburg Fire Department. His favorite pastime was fishing, and he especially enjoyed taking all of his grandchildren with him and teaching them the art of fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Carpenter, Jr., of Texas; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Mina, nee Oesterle, Smith of Freeburg, Ill.; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lida and Fred Gillham of Edwardsville, Ill.; and a brother-in-law, Lloyd Darling of Edinburg, Ill.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Judith, nee Smith, Carpenter of Freeburg, Ill., whom he married on August 11, 1958, in Springfield, Ill.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Hal and Susan Carpenter and Thomas and Tammy Carpenter, all of Freeburg, Ill.; a very special niece and nephew, Linda (Jack) Votava of Springfield, Mo., and Michael (Erin) Germann of Bel Air, Md.; five grandchildren, Hans (fiancee Jessica) Carpenter of Marissa, Ill., Abigail Carpenter of Quincy, Ill., Noah Carpenter of Oxford, Miss., Drummond Carpenter of Freeburg, Ill., and Henry Carpenter of Freeburg, Ill.; a sister, Barbara Darling of Edinburg, Ill.; a brother, James (Laura) Carpenter of Greenup, Ill.; a niece, Pattie Gillham (Ron) James of Webster Groves, Mo.; dear friends, Frank and Georgia Heiligenstein of Freeburg, Ill.; other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Freeburg, Ill., and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Freeburg, Ill.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 24, 2019, at St. Paul’s Church with Rev. Earl Crecelius officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Freeburg, Ill.

Memorials may be made to the Freeburg Sportsman’s Club, P.O. Box 93, Freeburg, Ill. and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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