Edward L. “Ed” Carpenter, 56, Ottawa, Kan., passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after a nine-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

A funeral mass is planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ottawa. Friends may pay their respects to Mr. Carpenter after 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa. A rosary is to be said 6:30 p.m. Monday, followed by a family and friends visitation at 7 p.m. Interment is set for Mt. Calvary, Ottawa, Kan.

Ed was born Saturday, Aug. 3, 1957, in Ottawa, Kan., the son of Clarence “Buss” and Lucille (McManus) Carpenter.

He was a lifelong Ottawa resident, graduating from Ottawa High School with the class of 1975.

After graduation, Ed enlisted into the Kansas Army National Guard June 17, 1975, and received an honorable discharge April 11, 1981.

Ed worked for Killough Quarries from 1981 to 1985, living at the family farm. He then moved to Houston, Texas, and worked as a heavy equipment operator from 1985 to 1989. Ed came back to the family farm because of his parents’ illnesses and started working for Killough Construction from 1989 to 1993, retiring because of his health.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors include three brothers, David Carpenter and wife, Carolyn, St. George, Kan., James Carpenter and wife, Deb, Lawrence, and William Carpenter and wife, Bonna, Ottawa; nephews, Lucas and Trevor Carpenter; and nieces, Cassie and Taylor Carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Teresa Ann Carpenter.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Mt. Calvary Cemetery through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

An online guest book is available at www.dengelmortuary.com