He was born in Springfield and was a resident of Central. Ralph died at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at his residence. He was 77. Ralph was a member of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union #198. He was a pipe welder and a former police officer
with Baton Rouge Police Department for ten years, working in the Juvenile Division. He was a member of Blackwater United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday. Visitation will resume Tuesday at Blackwater United Methodist Church from 10:00 a.m. until the religious service at 11:00 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Linda Hagan. Entombment will be at St. George Catholic Church Mausoleum. Ralph is survived by his wife of 59 years: Dorothy Louise Labello Carpenter; daughter: Donna Lynn Otadi & husband Mike; two sons: Randal J. Carpenter & wife Cindy and Daryl W. Carpenter; sister: Peggy Kilcrease & husband Kenneth; nine grandchildren: Leah Raup, Lindy Carpenter, Brandi Patin, Derek Carpenter, Kristen C. McLemore, Dalton Carpenter, Kendall Carpenter, Kolby Carpenter and Joshua Otadi; 5 great-grandchildren: Jordon Patin, Everette Raup, Asher Raup, Mason McLemore and Micah McLemore. He was preceded in death by his parents: Randolph & Beulah King Carpenter; and brother: Jerry Carpenter.