101 Year Old Levy County Icon Honored


June 28, 2023

Yesterday Sheriff McCallum and representatives from Haven Hospice had the unique pleasure of recognizing and expressing gratitude for the service and sacrifice of one of our own local heroes. Kenneth Carpenter, of Chiefland, surrounded by family and friends humbly accepted recognition for his lifelong achievements serving our country and this community.

Mr. Carpenter, born November 24, 1921, faithfully served this great county in the U.S. Army during WWII from January 1941 until June of 1945. He achieved the rank of Sergeant during his tenure. This spry, soft spoken 101 ½ year-old veteran continued his service to community after WWII by working in utilities in West Virginia. He ultimately made his home in Chiefland in 1974 where he worked for the Central Florida Electric Co-Op until retirement.

Haven provides a veteran recognition ceremony for every veteran under their care. These ceremonies are typically facilitated by a Haven veteran volunteer or staff member and include the presentation of a certificate of appreciation and items like a patriotic lap quilt, American flag pin and more. Haven RN case manager Scott Knudsen and volunteer coordinator Vondla Sullivan along with the Trenton Marine Corps Ladies Auxiliary representative Arlene Lang presented these gifts on behalf of Haven. Sheriff McCallum presented Mr. Carpenter a certificate of appreciation and the coveted LCSO challenge coin.

Mr. Carpenter is looking forward to celebrating his 102nd birthday in November by surrounding himself with family. His wife Lucille, son, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren ask that you help us celebrate Kenneth and all of these life-long achievements.