James “Fish” Carpenter

James “Fish” Carpenter, 61, of Ellsworth, passed away on Oct. 7, 2021.

Fish was born on Aug. 22, 1960, in Charlevoix, the son of William and Emma (Brooks) Carpenter.

He was a graduate of Ellsworth High School where he competed in several sports.   A “jack of all trades” kind of guy who followed in his parents’ footsteps working at Lamina and Texas Instruments, along with numerous places through the years, but most of all loved the farm.

He was known as “Captain Nugget Head,” and enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, dancing, country western music and collecting coins. 

Of all the things he did in his life, his first love was spending time along with his family.  If it was just hanging out or watching sporting events, he loved to be with them.

His family describes him as the most faithful, devout family man who was there for them through both the good and bad, rain or shine, day or night.   No matter what, he was there.

On July 2, 1988, in Mt. Clemens he married Janice Sand who survives.   Also surviving are two sons, Dwayne Ross of Belle River, Ontario, Canada, Andy (Jessica) Ross of Lake City, a granddaughter Madison Ross and another granddaughter on the way, two sisters, Rhonda (Bryan) Daining of Ellsworth, Fran Vanniman of Bellaire, his step-mother Trish (Brooks) Carpenter of Central Lake, two nephews, Tim (Kristy) Daining, John Daining (fiance Bailey), two nieces, Becky (Ty) Phillips, Alicia (Chad) Kniss and 10 great-nieces and great-nephews as well as too many friends to count.

Preceding him in death were his parents Emma and Bill Carpenter and many extended family members.

At his request, no services will take place.   His family is holding a private viewing with the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Family Services, P.O. Box 206, Ellsworth, MI,  49729.

Arrangements are being handled by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

Online guestbook mortensenfuneralhomes.com.


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