Obituary: Thomas Richard “Tom” Carpenter


Thomas Richard “Tom” Carpenter was born September 14, 1959 and died February 10, 2018 at the age of 58.

He was a retired corporal with the Oklahoma City Fire Department where he served for 22 years. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter with Yukon, where he grew up. Tom loved working as a firefighter. He was also an Emergency Medical Technician and responded to the Alfred P. Murrah Building bombing.

Tom graduated from Yukon High School in 1978. During his childhood, Tom played football, basketball, and baseball. He also worked at his parents’ store Ace Hardware formerly (Otasco & Coast To Coast), beginning during high school for about 13 years and some after his retirement. He also mowed lawns and was very particular about keeping his vehicles spotless and maintained.

Tom was also a realtor and made a hobby of flipping houses, which assisted with paying for his daughters’ college. Always a hard worker, he never slowed down except during his three-year battle with metastasized esophageal cancer. He enjoyed snow skiing and spending time at the lake with family and friends. He loved cheering on his favorite team, OSU.

He was passionate about classic cars and Corvettes. Tom was a proud father and doted on his daughters’ accomplishments.

Tom is preceded in death by his dad, Paul Carpenter II.

He is survived by his wife, Sheri of 27 years; two daughters, Kali and Karla of the home; mother, Jo Ann Carpenter; brother, Buddy Carpenter and wife Judy and sister, Chris Lee all of Yukon. He is also survived by nieces, Holly and Jaime and a host of relatives and friends.
He will be dearly missed. The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, love, and support they received through this difficult time.

Tom’s life was celebrated on Wednesday, February 14 at the First United Methodist Church, Yukon, with interment following at Frisco Cemetery, Yukon.

Online condolences may be signed at Arrangements are under the direction of Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Yukon, OK.