Wallace Carpenter, M.D., the son of John Wesley and Blanche Marie (Wallace) Carpenter, was born on November 14, 1925, in Bolckow, Missouri. He attended Bolckow High School, graduating in 1941. Wally then attended Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri, for three years, University of Missouri for three years, and University of Missouri School of Medicine for two years. Wally then transferred to Northwestern School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, where he received his Doctorate of Medicine. He spent one year completing his rotating internship in Kansas City.
In December of 1947, Wally was united in marriage to Virginia Graf. They later divorced. On January 23, 1970, Wally was united in marriage to Dianna Martin at the United Methodist Church, Westboro, Missouri. Together, they purchased a farm in 1972 south of Rock Port where they lived until 2019.
In 1952, Wally began practicing medicine in Rock Port and later in Tarkio, Missouri. He also was employed by Community Hospital, Fairfax, Missouri, and for many years served as Chief of Staff. He was Board Certified in Family Practice medicine. In 2001, he sold the practice and soon began practicing in Mound City, Missouri, until 2008 when he retired at the age of 82. Wally faithfully served the northwest Missouri area for 56 years.
Wally was a member of the United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir, and served in multiple committee positions. He was on the original founding Rock Port Telephone Board and the SPEBSQSA National Barber Shop Association. He initiated the Jamaica Mission and supervised many medical teams for eighteen years. Wally passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2020, under the care of his grandson, Dustin, at his home in Rock Port at the age of 94 surrounded by his loving family. His great loves were his Lord, his family, his music, farming, and medicine. He had a compassionate heart and loved people.
Besides his parents, Wally was preceded in death by son, Bobby Smith; and brothers, J.R. Carpenter and Dr. Sam Carpenter. Survivors include wife, Dianna Carpenter, Rock Port; children, James W. (Mary) Carpenter, Edwards, Missouri, George W. (Diane) Carpenter, Carrollton, Missouri, Charles R. (Janice) Carpenter, Rock Port, Carol Susan (Dr. Gary) Allen, Columbia, Missouri, Marieann Carpenter, Omaha, Nebraska, Kera Carpenter, Washington, D.C., and Dr. Martin (Shelly) Carpenter, Iowa City, Iowa; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Laura M. Bowen, St. Joseph, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 4, 2020, at Blue Jay Football Stadium, Rock Port, conducted by Pastor Donna Clark Fuller. Interment was at Bolckow Cemetery, Bolckow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to United Methodist Church, Rock Port, or Christ United Methodist Church, Lehigh Acres, Florida. Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com. Services were under the direction of Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.