Donald E. Carpenter

Birth Date: 
Tuesday, May 10, 1927
Date of Passing: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

WOOSTER – Donald E. Carpenter, 92, of Wooster passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare in Wooster.

He was born May 10, 1927 in Akron the son of Clyde and Nettie Stanley Carpenter.  He married Dorcas Ward on August 8, 1954.  She survives.

Donald was a high school band director for 29 years working at Marlboro High School, Triway High School and retired from Orrville High School in 1979.  He had also worked for Ohio Valley College as a recruiter.  He was a member of the North Main Street Church of Christ in Orrville.

He wrote music, specializing in Church hymns and poems.  Donald loved gardening, sports and was an avid Cleveland Indians fan, was a member of the Silver Sneakers at the YMCA and was a member of the Wayne Co. Choral Union.  He loved his family beyond measure.

He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during WWII.

In addition to his wife, Dorcas, he is survived by his children Darlene (John) Thompson, Donna (Butch) Rogers, Dana (Paula) Carpenter, Dave Carpenter and Doug (Deborah) Carpenter all of Wooster; grandchildren Jason (Jennifer), Brian and Jennee Thompson, Megan (Chris) Hignight, Michael (Tonya), Marcus (Katie) Rogers, Brittany, Benjamin, Cody (Joyce), Seka, Andrew, Jonathan, Daniel and James Carpenter; great-grandchildren Sophie Thompson, Brady, Carter and Kennah Hignight; siblings Earl (Janet) Carpenter of Uniontown and Harold (Juanita) Carpenter of Cuyahoga Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends will be received at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 6-8:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the West Hill Baptist Church, 2241 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster with Pastors Chuck Hopkins, Eric Fairhurst and Ron Laughery officiating.  Burial will follow in the Wooster Cemetery.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691


Friday, March 13, 2020 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funerl home


Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at West Hill Baptist Church, 2241 Mechanicsburg Road, Wooster.


Our condolences to the Carpenter family on the passing of Mr. Carpenter. He was a wonderful band director and person, lots of good memories

Such wonderful memories of Mr. Carpenter as Band Director while leading the Orrville High School Marching Band down the field. So sorry to read this news. My love to the entire Carpenter Family.
"The Horse" forever...

Condolences to the Carpenter Family. My sisters and I had Mr. Carpenter as a band director at Orrville HS. OHS Forever.

A Heart Felt Condolences to the Carpenter Family. Mr. Carpenter was instrumental of taking a small Shreve Marching Band of 20 some in the late 50’s and creating a 60 some members into an elite Marching Band of the early 60’s when Triway was formed. Mr. Carpenter instilled marching and displined into us that was taken notice by other band’s on the field during half time. Entering the Navy ‘63 I was with the Navy Drum&Bugle Corps which I hit the ground running due to Mr. Carpenter’s training. I appreciate the hard work and time he put into a career he most loved. To see his student’s excell at District and State ensembles for 1st or 2nd placement’s made him proud. My sister Linda also a Band member and Majorette during Mr. Carpenter tenure at Triway also appreciate’s Mr. Carpenter of pushing her to be one of the best on the field. Always have and Always will never forget Mr. Carpenter. Harry Morris, FL

So sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was my band and choir director in Shreve from 1956-1960 where he demonstrated professionalism and patience, especially with band members who liked to riff on their own, as I and Don Irvin loved doing. Mr. Carpenter made a positive impression on all who knew him. He will be missed.

Barbara and I were saddened to hear of Don's passing. I enjoyed so much working with you and Don in Choral Union and playing in the Stark band with him, and just getting to know you over the years. Please know of our care for you in this difficult time.

Dorcas, Barbara and I were saddened to learn of Don's passing. It was great to work with you and Don in Choral Union, to play with him in the Stark BAnd, and just to know you over the years. Please know of our care and sympathy during this difficult time.

So sorry to hear of this loss. "Mr Carpenter" made such an impact on my life. I've played my trombone in brass quintets for decades since having Don as my teacher. I fondly remember the four years of marching band, with all the amazing experiences that went with it. I valued the help he gave with the state competitions. Heaven will be even brighter with his musical skills! Hear on earth, my prayers are with his family.

I am so sad with you and the family! I just learned about it and my prayers and thoughts are with you along with hugs! Don was such a wonderful husband, father and Christian. I often think of the family and have such fun and happy memories ❤️ of each of you! Love and prayers! Sandy

My condolences on the passing of Don. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

You were a true blessing in my life.So glad you shared your music with me.I will always treasure the CD you gave me.May God comfort you all.Love Yvonne Hendershogg

Dave - So sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I still can picture his smiling face running around Putt-N-Stuff trying to help everyone out. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God bless you all. JOY EMILY

So sorry to learn of Don's passing. We last talked to him when Dave's folks passed a few years ago, and he showed up for visitation both times. Such a gentleman, and a fine musician. Dave and I still play in a number of groups, and I remember him working with our trombone quartets, which always got 1's. He also grew the Orrville band from 80 to two large groups during his tenure. As we play in local groups, it's amazing how much difficult music we played back then, that many of the other adults in our groups have never experienced. We didn't appreciate him at the time, but over the years, we have realized just how fine a conductor he was. You never forget your high school band director--Don will always be a part of all of us and our kids who play and now, my grandkids! Still passing on the good lessons he taught us.

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