Robert Carpenter entered his eternal home Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Beloved husband of Beth Carpenter for 54 years; loving father to Rachel and Ray Harney, Jocelyn and Keith Carpenter; dear grandfather to Chloe, Raymond and Chester Harney and Grace, Faith and John Robert Carpenter; and son of Margaret Carpenter and brother of Judy and Richard Schultz.

He was preceded in death by his father, Maynard Carpenter.

Robert faithfully served the Lutheran Church throughout his life.

His entire life was a witness to his faith. He had the heart of a servant in his dealings with the children and adults he was privileged to serve. He touched the lives of many teachers and students throughout his ministry as a teacher, organist, choir director and principal. He was strongly committed to Lutheran education at all levels, and tenured on the Board of Control at Concordia University, Chicago.

The memorial service at Zion Lutheran Church, 1924 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, La., was held Monday morning, March 24.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Center for Church Music – Concordia University, Chicago.

The online guestbook is available at

Condolences can be sent to Mrs. Beth Carpenter, 2620 Jupiter St., Harvey, LA 70058-2918.

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