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Terry Lee Carpenter

October 3, 1940 ~ June 11, 2022 (age 81)


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Terry Lee Carpenter, 81, of Great Falls, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022.  A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, June 16th at 1:00 PM in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home with Burial to follow at Manchester Cemetery.

Born October 3, 1940, in Drayton, North Dakota, to Merle H. and Olive Irene (Olson) Carpenter, Terry was raised in Minnesota until the family moved to Montana where he graduated from Circle High School, Circle, MT in 1958.  He joined the Air National Guard in 1963, serving honorably until his discharge in 1969. He worked with a photographer, going up in a plane and taking pictures, worked for a time for Andy’s Inc., a garage/gas station located where Eklunds is now.  He started reading meters with Great Falls Gas Company (Energy West), working his way up as a trouble shooter by the time he retired.  He met the love of his life, Helen Hardesty, in 1989, enjoying 33 years together until his passing.

Terry loved old cars (Ford, Lincoln, Mercury), he loved to drag race, was a member of the Treasure State Mustang Club, Altered Classics, Skunk Wagon Car Club and the Other Guys Car Club.  He loved the outdoors, camping, hunting, skiing and was a member of the Great Falls Ski Club.  His family was very dear to him, and he cherished those time together.  He loved spending time with family and friends at his cabin. 

Survivors include his beloved Helen; daughter, Sheri J. (Randy) Keirn; grandchildren, Scott (Kristin) Mauseth, Barbara (Robert) Cline; great-grandchildren, Taylor Mauseth, Blakelyn Cline and Ilaina Cline.

Those who preceded him in death include his parents and brother, Dell Carpenter. 


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Celebration of Life
June 16, 2022

1:00 PM
The Rose Room Chapel ~ Croxford Funeral Home
1307 Central Ave
Great Falls, MT 59401

June 16, 2022

2:00 PM
Manchester Cemetery
11 Loch Ln
Great Falls, MT 59404

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