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(June 17, 1924 – December 11, 2016)

Manson C. (Bud) Carpenter Manson C. (Bud) Carpenter was born on June 17, 1924 in Highland Park, Michigan to Ruth (Mallory) and Manson C. Carpenter.He served for three years in the U.S. Army during World War II, including a year in New Guinea and the Philippines campaign.Following the war, Carpenter graduated from the University of Michigan as a chemical engineer.He then began a 37 year career with Dow Chemical, holding a variety of positions in technical service and development, business and international management, marketing communications and public relations. Although primarily based in Midland, he also worked in Ludington and overseas in the Netherlands. Carpenter retired as corporate director of communications.His second career was as vice president/executive director of the Midland County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Carpenter shared his love of Midland?ÇÖs architectural and business highlights until retiring in 2001.Concurrently, he had served his community through involvement with Midland County?ÇÖs Council on Aging, United Way, Community Foundation, Morning Rotary Club and Dow Chemical and Dow Corning?ÇÖs Community Advisory Panels.In Carpenter?ÇÖs spare time, he managed to swim almost 10,000 miles at the Midland Community Center. He also enjoyed swimming and cross-country skiing at the family cottage on Crystal Lake in Benzie County.Bud said, ?Ç£Over many years, I have been blessed by the wonderful support, guidance, and love from my three children, Chuck Carpenter, Carolyn Moats and Ruth Forrest-and my wife, Dorothy. That love and support extended with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Carpenter was predeceased by his parents and wife, Dorothy Brown Carpenter. He is survived by his sister, Frances McPherson; his children, Chuck (Sally) Carpenter, Dr. Carolyn Moats and Ruth Forrest; his grandchildren, Nick, Julia and Will Carpenter, Dr. Carrie (Ben) Geer, Ryan Moats, Luke (Annemarie) Forrest, Eliza Forrest, Alex (Lana) Forrest; and great grandchildren Lawrence, Madeline and Charlotte Geer, and Caitlin and Nick Forrest.Bud also enjoyed his relationship with his many nieces and nephews, cousins and in-laws over the years. He is survived by brother-in-law, Paul Brown, and sisters-in-law, Jean Hanners, Lucille Stephenson, Sally Brown and Judy Brown.Those wishing to make a memorial donation should direct it to either United Way of Midland County, 230 W. Main Street, Midland, or the First United Methodist Church, 315 W. Larkin Street, Midland.Visitation will be from 3pm until a Memorial Service is held at 4:30 pm on Friday, December 16, 2016 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Jeff Maxwell officiating followed by military rights under the auspices of the United States Army and Midland County Veterans. On Line condolences can be left at smithminer.com.