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Noel "Bud" Carpenter

Noel Byron (Bud) Carpenter passed into eternal life on Thursday, January 14, 2016, surrounded by music, prayer and laughter.  Bud was 75 years old.  
Born on February 18, 1940, in rural Randolph County, Bud was the fourth child and second son of Noel T. and Inez M. (Puckett) Carpenter.  He lived at the house in which he was born until he moved with his family to Harrisville, Indiana.  Bud attended Wayne Township schools where he played baseball and basketball, ran track and was a member of the FFA.  He spent his youth working on his family farm where he learned his love of animals, tractors and the seasons of the land.  
In 1958, Bud’s family took him to Purdue University where he studied Agricultural Economics, After taking a break with some childhood friends to see the country, hitchhiking to California and back, he returned to Purdue where he met, wooed and married Janet Glenn in 1962.  Bud earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1964.  
Bud and Janet lived in Indiana, Michigan and Florida before settling down back in Randolph county where Bud was happiest.  They had three children, Mandy Caroline, Noel Byron, and Elizabeth (Betsy) Marie.  Bud spent over 20 years working in all areas of agriculture:  selling Case equipment; working on Duda Farms; and selling Sylar seeds.  In 1978, he moved with his family to the farm house on County Road 500 East where he lived and farmed ever since.  
In 1984, Bud answered the call for public service by running for Randolph County Assessor.  He loved serving his community, making his office a place where all people were welcome.  He served as assessor for 20 years (1985 ¬¬ 2005).  In 2008, he was elected Randolph County Commissioner.  During his four years of service his proudest accomplishment was spearheading the renovation of the historic Randolph County courthouse.  Bud retired from public service in 2008 which allowed him to spend most of his time on his beloved farm and with his wonderful neighbors and friends.  
Singing was Bud’s greatest joy since his teenage years.  A lifetime member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (SPEBSQSA), Bud sang in no less than 8 performing Barbershop quartets in his life.  The Original Choice, in which he sang lead, won the Pioneer District’s 1971 Quartet competition.  He repeated this success in 1974 with the Golden Knights in the Sunshine District. Bud directed men’s barbershop choruses in Michigan and in Indiana.  One of Bud’s lifelong mottos was to have “everybody singing,” and he never passed up an opportunity to sing.  He knew a song for every person and to fit every situation.  
In 1999, Janet passed away.  In 2000, Bud wooed and married Melinda Hueber, adding one daughter, Andrea Boval, and one son, Mark Lloyd, to complete his family.  Together with Melinda, he worked to expand his farm, enjoyed motorcycle trips, and spent time celebrating the lives and accomplishments of their thirteen grandchildren.  He called Melinda his “angel” for all she did for him in his life.  With her by his side, he was truly happy.
Bud is survived by his wife, Melinda, his children Mandy, Noel, Andrea, Betsy, and Mark, their spouses, his thirteen grandchildren and his sisters, Sue Bressler, Roberta Buell, and Jane Smith and his brothers Max Carpenter and Pat Carpenter, and many other family members.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and his brother, David.  
Visitation will be Sunday, January 17, 2016, at the Randolph County 4¬H Building from 3-7 PM.  
Services will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016, at 11 AM with visitation 1 hour prior at the Randolph County 4¬H Building with burial at Fountain Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions to the Randolph County Antique Club Inc. or to the Gideons International are requested. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Reichard Funeral Home, Union City. Online condolences may be expressed at; www.reichardfh.com

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My condolences to Melinda and the rest of the Carpenter family. Bud was a awesome man and I am so glad to have met him.  RIP Bud

dawn miller Jan 20 2016 12:00 AM

Bud was an amazing man. I always enjoyed being in his presence. His enthusiasm for life will be the way that I will remember him.
May the Good Lord Bless all of the Family.
Terry Shaffer

Terry Shaffer Jan 18 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for you loss. We just heard of Bud's passing and wanted to let you know we are thinking of you.

John and Judy Wymer Jan 17 2016 12:00 AM

Loving memories of a great, kind, thoughtful man and a truly wonderful Christian friend.

My thoughts and prayers are with Melinda and his entire family.  I'll ride this year for you Bud!

Rev James Bradshaw Jan 16 2016 12:00 AM

Anyone would wish for the kind of eulogies Bud Carpenter is getting!  Of all I've read, my favorite definition of Bud is "larger than life."

He spoke to my Political Science class at Indiana University East several times, he created the "Hymn Sing" at Stateline Heritage Days for me and made sure people showed up.

He supported the Hymn Sing at our church when many of our own members did not.

He encouraged everyone with whom he came in contact.

He was always positive and ministered life to those around him.

He was a true Christian.

Wow!  How many people can be described in this way?

Jerri Libert Jan 16 2016 12:00 AM

To Carpenter Family:

Our condolences to you on the passing of Bud.

I have many memories of working with Bud at the Courthouse.

Lloyd Spencer, retired General Manager Ohio Valley Gas now residing in Pineville, NC

Lloyd Spencer Jan 15 2016 12:00 AM

Many times when I was a new Christian you lead off the service with This is a day that the lord hath made ,I we rejoice and be glad in it . Today My song will be I will rejoice and be glad in the fact God blessed me  by allowing you to know you .
see you when I get there Brother

Roy Hale Jan 15 2016 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences the family.  I worked with Mr. Carpenter on a couple of community projects.  He was always so enthusiastic about projects to benefit the community.

Jill Keener Jan 15 2016 12:00 AM

I met Bud through motorcycling and didn't know him for a real long time but as we went on short evening rides with other friends to different places to eat I found him to be of deep faith, love of the land and its history and could break into a song at anytime. He never met a stranger and would hold long conversations with them. I could get a chuckle out of some of the humorous things he did, like not checking the air or oil in his motorcycle and trying to use diesel fuel one time. I will remember Bud and have a smile for the person I knew.

Kenny Moody Jan 15 2016 12:00 AM