Thomas Allen Carrender, 85, life-long resident of Sweet Springs, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs, with Pastor Dan Wing officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sweet Springs American Legion Post 279, Boy Scouts of America Troop 44 or Sweet Springs Villa. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born on April 18, 1926, in Sweet Springs, he was the son of the late Aubra Allen and Gladys Opal Ada (Garrison) Carrender. On June 26, 1948, he married Ethelyn Bonice Meyer (nicknamed "Susie"), who preceded him in death after 59 years of marriage. He was baptized in the Lutheran Church immediately after the wedding ceremony. He served in the military during World War II, training in the Army Air Corps, then as an Infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge, and as one of 16 Military Police 12th Corps 820th Company who guarded the castle residence of General George Patton and later served as an Honor Guard for the General's funeral. He was employed at Kansas City Power & Light Company starting in 1946, advancing through many positions including a Groundman, a Lineman and finally as an Estimator before retiring after 42 years of service. He served as a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster for many years with Troop 44 in Sweet Springs. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and American Legion Post 279.
He is survived by his brother Eugene Carrender of Sweet Springs; two sons, Robert Carrender of Sedalia and John Carrender of Fort Worth, Texas; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Patricia Carrender; his daughter, Linda Steelman; his sister, Margaret Schowengerdt; and his brother, Edward Carrender.