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Dave Carpenter

June 28, 1941 - July 19, 2022
Holland, MI



Tuesday, July 26, 2022
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Dykstra Funeral Homes
Northwood Chapel
295 Douglas Avenue
Holland, MI 49424
(616) 392-2348
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Wednesday, July 27, 2022
11:00 AM EDT
Christ Memorial Church
595 Graafschap Road
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 396-2305


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 10069
Detroit, MI 48210
(616) 364-6121
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Faith Hospice
8214 Pfeiffer Farms Dr. SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
(616) 235-5113
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Life Story / Obituary


David Carpenter (Dave) age 81 of Holland and formerly of Grand Rapids passed away at 5:35pm on July 19, 2022. Born in Flint, MI on June 28, 1941.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents Roger and Rhea Carpenter.

Surviving are his wife and high school sweetheart, Carol (Hathaway) Carpenter and his 3 beautiful daughters, Deborah (Dale) Buckingham of Colorado Springs, CO, Kellie (Steve) Styf of Wyoming, MI, and Michele (Rich) Harken of Oxford, MI. His grandchildren and great grandchildren are Jennifer (Jasmine), Christine and Adam (Asher,Daxton), Nicole, Stevie and Brittanni (Kameron,Bradley,Amelia), Britney and Christian, and Rachel. His great grandchildren are Jasmine, Kameron, Asher, Bradley, Amelia, and Daxton. Also are his brother Robert (Janis) Carpenter and their children plus many cousins.

Dave graduated in 1959 from Ottawa Hills and from Ferris Institute (as it was known then) in 1961. Graduating with a degree in Opticianry, he spent more than 50 years in all areas of the business. He spent most of his years in sales, making many friends out of his many accounts. Dave’s claim to fame was that he was in the first optical class to graduate from Ferris. Dave was an avid sports fan watching as much on TV as possible, but watching his kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports and U of M Football were his favorites. Dave and Carol also enjoyed attending many Hope College Basketball games in their later years. Dave was a great husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather and will be missed by all that knew him. He will always hold a special place in all our hearts.

A memorial service will be held 11 am Wednesday (July 27) at Christ Memorial Church, 595 Graafschap Road, with Rev. Bill Boersma officiating. Visitation will be 6-8 Tuesday (July 26) at the Dykstra Funeral Home-Northwood Chapel, 295 Douglas Avenue.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Faith Hospice.