Wilbur (Bill) P. Carpenter 84 of Austin died Monday August 8, 2011 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems of Austin. He was born April 28, 1927 in Waltham, MN to Mary (Kesselring) and Earl Carpenter. During the end of WWII he served in the Navy Seabees and was stationed in Guam. After completing his service he married Bernice Flicek on November 27, 1948 at Queen of Angels Parish in Austin. The couple remained in Austin and raised their family here. He was employed by the State of MN Department of Agriculture as a livestock weigher at the Hormel Co. where he remained until his retirement. Bill loved hunting, camping, and fishing. And in the early years he and his wife co-owned C and H sporting good store. Following retirement Bill and Bernice spent their summers in their camper on Woman Lake. He also was an avid reader and loved western books (especially Louis Lamour). Survivors include his wife Bernice; son, William (Melinda) Carpenter of Forest City, IA ; daughters, Karen (Don) Turbett of East Bethel, Ellen Hanson of Ramsey, Leigh (Russ) Sylvester of Wabasha, and Susan (Jess) Baune of Rochester; 16 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, sisters, son- Craig, and grandson- Brian Studer. A memorial gathering will be held Friday August 12, 2011 from 10:00 am-12:00pm at Mayer Funeral Home, Austin. Military rites will be by V.F.W. Post #1216.