July 19, 1959 - August 19, 2023
Service Date: August 28, 2023
Location Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home
Memorial services will be held on Monday, August 28, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at a later date in Wagner, SD.
Karen Marie Carpenter, 64, of Rapid City, SD, passed away on August 19, 2023 in Rapid City after battling cancer.
Karen was born in Wagner, SD to Kenneth and Olga (Haeuszer) Peterson on July 19, 1959. She went to school at Wagner, SD. She graduated from Wagner High School in 1977. She married Richard Carpenter on March 19, 1978 in Wagner, SD. They had two children Christopher and Chad. Throughout her life Karen worked in various roles. She enjoyed her career in the meat department the most. Her hobbies were planting flowers, watching NASCAR, playing cards, and spoiling her pets. Her most cherished time being spent with her grandchildren.
Karen is survived by Joe McDonald (life partner) of Rapid City, SD; children Chris Carpenter (Destiny Whittington), of Mitchell, SD, Chad (Jess) Carpenter, of Harrisburg, SD. Grandchildren Lily, Kendra, and Keenan Carpenter. Siblings Patricia Thompson of Yankton, SD; Kenneth (Deb) Peterson of Sturgis, SD. Karen is also survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces, and great nephews. Karen is preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Olga Peterson; and father to Chris and Chad, Richard Carpenter.
The family of Karen Carpenter wish to extend our sincere thanks to all those who have impacted Karen’s life with memories, love, and friendship throughout the years.