Richard Earl Carpenter

CENTRALIA — Richard Earl Carpenter, 67, of Centralia, passed away, Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at the SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

He was born April 26, 1954, in Centralia, the son of Neil Carpenter and Roberta (Hanks) Carpenter. He married Mary Jo LeMay on November 5, 1977, and she survives in Centralia.

In addition to his wife of 44 years: Mary Jo Carpenter of Centralia, he is also survived by a daughter: Jeri Carpenter of Centralia; step-son: Bradley Henken of Centralia; three grandchildren: Elania Carpenter, Trenton Hintz and Lukas Hintz all of Centralia; a brother: Gary Hanks and wife Michelle of Spring Lake, Michigan; three sisters: Toni Guile and husband Bill of Hoffman, Bobbi Swift and husband Russell of Alma, and Micki Adams and husband Jeff of Shattuc; a special nephew: Jason Hanks and wife Amy of St. Charles, Illinois and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Richard was a graduate of Centralia High School. He worked at Kirby Risk for many years. He enjoyed working in the yard, planting flowers, fishing, and playing golf. Richard was an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s Fan. He was a member of the Centralia Elks Lodge 493 and the Centralia Moose Lodge 1219. Richard cherished the time he spent with his family and friends.

Visitation for Richard Carpenter will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, January 10, 2022, at Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia. Per the family’s wishes, everyone should wear their St. Louis Cardinal attire. Due to the rising Covid cases, anyone who will be attending the visitation will be required to wear a mask and social distance.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home at 235 North Sycamore Street Centralia, Illinois 62801, 618-532-3523, who is honored to be of service to the Carpenter family.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting and the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home Facebook page.