Obituary: Mrs. Ruth (Herbert C. Knipple '52 & Arthur J. Carpenter '53)

Ruth Van Derslice Carpenter, 83, died on Saturday, June 4, 2016, after a long battle with cancer. Celebration of life: 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the North Shore United Methodist Church, 23880 N Cranes Mill Rd, Canyon Lake, Texas 78133, 830-935-2171. Memorials: The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions to Creative Hands, UMW; American Cancer Society or a Hospice would be appreciated. Ruth was born in Franksville, Wis. on June 5, 1932, to John and Ella Schaefer Van Derslice. They moved to Milwaukee. She graduated from Riverside High School in 1950. Ruth was very active in Job's Daughters, Masonic Lodge, becoming queen as well as captain of their award winning drill team. It was through these activities that she met Herbert Carl Knipple. They were married upon his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1952. During their Naval Service, Carl became a Naval Aviator and they moved to NAS Moffett Field, Mountain View, Calif. By this time, they had a daughter, Susan Margaret. Carl's squadron was deployed to the Western Pacific, leaving Ruth at home and pregnant with their second daughter. This meant that she had to be taken to the hospital for her delivery of Carrie Jane by close friend, astronaut James Lovell. A sad note is that Carl was lost at sea in an aircraft accident and never got to hold Carrie in his arms. Sometime later, Ruth met Arthur James Carpenter, another Naval Aviator and graduate of USNA, 1953. On March 14, 1956, they were joined in a marriage which lasted more than 60 years. Their 30 years of naval service produced several periods of separation; including a tour of duty in Vietnam. They had three more daughters, Jody Lynn, Cindy Aileen and Mimi Annette. Ruth was always busy with church activities, attending classes at Solano County College and volunteer efforts, such as the Navy relief society. Later, she became office manager for a physician but still found time to get a real estate license and attend classes at Bee County College, all the while taking care of her home and family! And, she never complained! Ruth was a devout Christian. She never thought of herself, it was always about what she could do for others. It would be hard to find a person who more naturally followed the example of Jesus . . . She truly loved everyone as she loved herself, if not more so. Her love was unconditional. At the end, she was joyous that she would finally see Jesus, face to face. Survivors: Her adoring husband, Art; and her loving daughters, Susan (Alex), Carrie (Jim), Cindy (Ed) and Mimi; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Her husband, children and grandchildren filled her heart!

Published in Star-Telegram on June 19, 2016