Jonah Carpenter

June 30, 1935November 12, 2020

Jonah Carpenter, age 85, of Middletown, Ohio, passed away November 12, 2020. He was born to Bessie Smith Carpenter and Jessie Carpenter in Clay County, Kentucky on June 30, 1935. Jonah is preceded in death by his parents, six siblings and his son Christopher. He is survived by his wife, Cherri Worrell Carpenter, daughter Amy Struharik (Stephen) and grandson, Nathaniel Struharik.

Jonah served in the Army as an instructor at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He graduated from Cumberland College and Eastern Kentucky University and was an educator for more than 40 years. He loved volunteering which included 30 years of service at the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House. Watching University of Kentucky basketball and listening to gospel music were two favorite pastimes. One of his greatest joys was being called “Pop-Pop” by his grandson.

Services will be at the convenience of the family. Please visit to send an online condolence. Memorial donations may be made to the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House, 341 Erkenbrecher Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45229.


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Thada & Family Rogers

December 21, 2020

Prayers and thoughts during this difficult time. May you find peace in your memories. Love, Thada & family

Jill (Anderson) Irwin

November 26, 2020

Mr. Carpenter was my 5th grade teacher at Spring Hill Elementary School over 40 years ago. As an 11 year old, I remember initially being intimidated by such a tall man with a deep voice being my teacher. That fear subsided from day 1 and he grew to become one of my favorite teachers from my youth. I’ll never forget his kindness, patience, and gentleness he displayed daily in the classroom. Sending my sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.

patricia schaefer

November 25, 2020

So very sorry to read of Jonah's passing. He was the spark that kept the faculty at McKinley going the years my daughter and I were there. His first priority was always to do his best for EVERY student. His sense of humor and smile will never be forgotten.
God bless your family at this time of your loss.
Pat Schaefer and Nancy(Schaefer)Lintzenich

Nancy Kestermann

November 25, 2020

Amy, my deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Nancy Kestermann

Douglas Kauffman

November 23, 2020

Jonah was instrumental in maintaining a basketball court at Christ United Methodist church, where we played on Mondays and Thursdays. We had such great fun with a great group of guys. He will not be forgotten. I would see him time and time again at Kroger where we would have a conversation. I gave him a basketball signed by Tubby Smith, the great UK coach, the following week he said, You gave me this 50 years too late. lol, I'll miss you buddy! ... Doug

Tracy Smith

November 22, 2020

Oh how we'll miss this very special man who touched all of us-staff, residents, families, vendors-everyone knew & loved Jonah. His great laugh, his unending library of jokes he was able to recall perfectly, the "Payday" candy bar he always carried.
We here at Woodlands loved him, I hope that gives you some comfort Cherri & Amy. One-of-a-kind isn't a big enough title to fit him & his huge personality.
So sorry for your loss XoXo