John Andrew Carpenter

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John Andrew Carpenter, age 84, of Bluffton died Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Veterans Victory House in Walterboro, SC.

Mr. Carpenter was born on March 12, 1934 in Buffalo, NY. He was a graduate of Purdue University where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving honorably during the Korean Conflict. While stationed in Germany he had the proud honor of being a champion shooter with the rifle team. He had an extensive career in the steel industry, retiring after 36 years of service. He continued well after his retirement as a consultant. During his time in the steel industry he acquired several patents and redesigned the Blast Furnace reline process so that it could be done in days instead of months. He also taught a course in blast furnaces at McMaster University for several years. He was a longtime member of Lowcountry Presbyterian Church. Outside of work he enjoyed playing bridge, reading, and tinkering with anything mechanical.

Mr. Carpenter is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Pamela Billings Carpenter; children, Ann Handy (Dan), Craig Carpenter (Jill), Susan Alexander, and Mark Carpenter (Heidi); stepchildren, Collier Maxwell and Heather Chandler (Rafael); grandchildren, Aimee, Erin, Ryan, Chrysanthos, Olivia, Leah, Jack, Geoff, Andy, and Josh; and several great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2018 at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton, SC 29910.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Wounded Warriors.