Louis “Lou” Carpenter
January 13, 1927 – September 28, 2018

Louis Carpenter, age 91, a longtime resident of both Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, passed away on Friday, September 28, 2018.

He was married to Barbara J. Carpenter (deceased 2016) and is survived by 5 children plus spouses; 6 grandchildren plus spouses; and 4 great grandchildren. Lou was the owner of a Duraclean Carpet Cleaning franchise, a member of Rotary and Kiwanis, and a longtime driver for Silver Key and Meals on Wheels.

Lou was in a church choir since the age of 5 and continued in Colorado at the Community Congregational Church of Manitou Springs, where he also helped to run the food pantry. Woodworking was a favorite hobby and he always had some project in the works. One of his true loves was bike riding, and he enjoyed riding the many trails in Colorado Springs. He had a strong love for family and every August managed to get the whole family together at their home in Manitou Springs.

Lou was born in Evanston, Illinois. Growing up in Winnetka, Illinois he attended Horace Mann Elementary School, Skokie School, New Trier High School and Northwestern University. He was a WW2 veteran and then worked in the life insurance business in Chicago and later as a salesman for Nibot Corporation before moving to Colorado in 1971.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, October 5, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Community Congregational Church of Manitou Springs, 103 Pawnee Ave, Manitou Springs.

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  1. Oh how sad my heart is today to hear of Lou’s passing but I know he has a large grin on his face as he entered the pearly gates and saw the love of his life-Barbara waiting there for him!
    I have so many wonderful memories of Lou! He definitely lived life to it’s fullest and amazed me at his bike riding into his upper 80’s! He was a great photographer and generously shared his photos with anyone that asked. I am still using some of his Garden of the Gods photos in my business advertising.
    He was service minded and generous and loving of his family and especially his Barbara. They don’t make them like Lou anymore!

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