Rex Carpenter

Profile Updated: October 23, 2015
Residing In: Niles, MI USA
Spouse/Partner: None at present but always in search of the right one.
Children: 1st daughter Carrie Ann Carpenter, 2nd Daughter Sara Lynn Carpenter. My 1st is going to be 38 in 2015 More…in may and my 2nd is going to be 18 in November 2015. WOW the time goes by so fast.
Occupation: Retired/Disabled Back injury/ Heart trouble
Military Service: Navy  
What are your favorite memories of NHS?

Most everyone knew that I had a pretty physical relationship with Kathy Fencl and if we weren't fighting we were doing something else. But I really liked being in the northeast end of the building were the auto shop and trades were. I really liked the street racing, and the late nights. I worked COOP in my senior year so I could pay for all the gas I was using running the streets, but that was what was the fun of it. I know there is more to remember but for some reason the time back then is a little bit fuzzy which seemed to have dulled the memories a little. But that was then and it was a good time for all of us, at least all who can recall it..............

High points of your life since high school?

Married twice and have 2 great girls. I still am into cars and have 1 very nice classic cars of my own , Ha Ha classic cars I bought the first one when we were in school and now it's a classic, does that mean I'm a classic too? Most maybe remember me being kinda small and because I did get picked on a little bit. But after I got out of the navy I got a little bigger and not much could rattle me, so as a part time job for about 22 years I was a bouncer in quite a few local bars. I did become pretty good at it and for a long time not to many were able to push me around, some of you guys ran into me in some of the local places some to say hi and some to have a drink or 2. I really did enjoy it before I hurt my back, but I do have a lot of great stroies and memories to tell to my girls. I don't regreat any of it but it did take a toll on me physcially. My last marriage was the hardest because I did love her a lot but when you bring kids into the mix and they (1 of the girls ) are out of control and you don't get the support you would need to correct the problem , well things just seem to fall apart. Were still friends but ?????. Maybe next time. I'm still looking for the right one. Maybe she is in the next place your not looking. And of course there was that little problem between Fred Byler and me , but that all blew over and we became friends again, but it took some time.

How often do you get back to Niles, MI?

I live just 2 blocks from the High school now. Go to church here and try to stay active in that because the Lord will bring you peace if you just open your heart.

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

I see some of the friends I had in school but as far as hang out , I don't really. I went into the Navy right after school so I lost touch for a time and really never reconnected with any one when I moved back. When I moved back I was married and some of my friends who wern't just drifted away.

Did you have any nicknames in school? If so, what were they?

I don't think so but I do recall being called a few choise words back then by a very mad redhead.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I spend most of my time with my cars and doing a little work on the side , (on cars) as I did work in auto dealerships for 33 years. Now I just watch TV & play in the garage taking my time by building a mini bike for my daughter, it's all most done!

If you own your own business, tell us about it and let us know if you have a web-site.

I did for a short time. I had an auto shop , but I had hurt my back & was unable to do the heavy work & couldn't get any good worker so I sold it. I went on Vacation in 2010 in the later part of the year. Came back & had a triple bypass about 3 months later. So now all I do is watch TV & am involved in the local car club here in town.

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There has always been some of my classmates that I would like to connect with and maybe talk about some of the times we spent way back then and I hope any that are reading this can give me a call or drop me a line & we can have a good laugh at some of those old times. GOD BLESS !!!

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Rex Carpenter has left an In Memory comment for Alan Marquart.
Jul 15, 2020 at 12:37 AM

I got to see Alan just a few times a year, like everyone here in Niles at Martins Super Market. The last time I saw him he seemed healthy & as always happy. I'm sorry to say good bye to him. It seems at least every couple months now we are unlucky to see our friends here in this column. God is lucky to have Alan with him, but he will be missed here with us. Rest in peace my friend & God Bless all your family you leave behind. 

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Feb 12, 2020 at 12:33 PM

Micky was a friend & he will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace my friend. God has brought you home & he awaits for all to come home.


Rex Carpenter has left an In Memory comment for Sandy Barker.
Jan 14, 2020 at 4:36 AM

SAndy was the girl I skated with the most at Skate-a-rama for years. That was how I met her brother Bruce as he was into cars too. Rest In Peace Sandy you were a good friend inthe early school days. 


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Jan 10, 2020 at 4:36 AM

I'd like to know to as we keep losing our friends & classmates. My she rest in peace. I didn't know her very well as she kinda intimidated me when we were in school as she did with some because she was so very nice looking. But I di geta cahnce to talk with in school a few times & realized she was just a nice girl who was no different then any of us I thinking back she was just as scared about life as all of us. R.I.P. Bets.


Rex Carpenter has left an In Memory comment for Shelly Wilder Anderson.
Jun 04, 2019 at 8:33 PM

I knew Shelly because she was the best friend of the girl I was dating at the time,Jr. Sr. year in school. Her dad had the funiture store donwtown & sge would go there after school every day. She was full of life & should be remembered for that if nothing else. She was a sweet & somewhat shy girl who was just coming out of her shell at that time. She & Kathy would run around together all the time & then talk about everthing we did which always shocked her. Lost track of her after school but I hope she had a good life as short as it was. No one should ever leave this world without knwing they were though of & missed. I know her life was short but I hope it was a good life for her.  SHe will always be missed.


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Posted on: May 09, 2016 at 1:10 AM

Debbie, it's good to see you back here & glad to have you on this site so we all can pick at your brain about what you've been doing all these years. I know we ran in a bit different crowd, but I think you may remember me, as I do you. As for me at least in the here & now I'm running for Mayor here in Niles & I am also putting on the weekly cruise-in & car show that is on main st. every wed. from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm . Weather permitting. It starts on June 1st & will go until Aug. 24th. , stop down & say Hi, I'll be there every week trying to keep it all together & shaking a lot of hands trying to get everyone to vote for my this year. Welcome.

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Apr 29, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Vance I know we haven't talked for awhile but , just a quick note While your getting out of the gov. I'm trying to get in. I am running for Mayor here in Niles . I didn't really do much in school & my career wasn't all that exciting as yours was although I met a lot of people while working in dealerships & while I was a service mgr. But I'm now trying to start a new chapter in my life while some are towards the end & some are already retired as I am. But I have had a new interest in things as I get older. I can't say why I want to do this other then I care about Niles , I feel I have something left to give before what has happened to some of our classmate happens to me. Maybe it's from going under the knife a few years ago with a triple bypass or just that I want more then he lived & worked in Niles & had many friends. I think I want more on my epitaph. My daughter is now 18 & I'm sure this time it's my last, so I seem to have more time for me, so maybe thats it. Before I was always taking care of someone & I didn't have a lot of time to look inward. Not really sure. But again I'm running for Mayor & I think I may even have a chance. Rex.

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Happy Birthday Jud it seems every day were not getting older Just BETTER, Rex.

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Posted on: Dec 08, 2015 at 4:51 PM

Well it's about time that you finally got on here. I know it takes time & thats not what we seem to have a lot of any more. Also Tim if you don't know we usually meet for a cheap dinner on Wed. night at the Nuggett. Burger, fries, & a coke for a total of $ 6.83 ins't bad. We have about 4-10 people every Wed. night & you & Lynn are always welcome to join us. We are down there at about 6:00 to 6:30 & stay until we've eaten & then for about 1-2 hours after just to BS. Come on down & join us any Wed. Thanks Rex.

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Nov 03, 2015 at 1:52 AM

Fran sorry It took me so long to get back to you, but it's been busy here. I did get your message & if you have any info that may help me on my bid for the job of Mayor here in Niles I would like to hear them. Or if you would like to call me some time I'm usually home in the evening after about 8-9pm. My number is 269-684-3085. I' have never done this before & i will need all the help I can get. Hope to hear from you again. Thanks for any & all the support you can give. Rex.

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To all who are now going to read this. The message is from me Rex Lee Carpenter, & I'm here today/tonight to let all of my fellow class mate that I will be running for Mayor here in Niles in 2016. I'm right now in the process of getting names on a sign up sheet to be able to get my name put on the ballot for Mayor in 2016. I have almost the number of names i need to get started. I have to get between 50-75 names on the sign up sheets which I have all but about 15-20 names. I'm running for Mayor of Niles in 2016 because I've seen so much in our counsel & others who are in charge of our city that just don't seem to have the cities future in there best interest. I if elected would like to see if I along with the other members of of city counsel can make some changes for the betterment of Niles & our residents. I'm not a rich person by any means & feel that with my unique perspective I along with the help of others can make some changes that will help all. I also want to see if we as a group for Niles can take the money we have to work with & use it in a more useful way which will benefit all of the people of the city of Niles & not just those who have special interests in mind. Please keep my name at the front of your mind when you go to the polls & cast your vote for me Rex Lee Carpenter for Mayor of Niles in 2016. Thanks Rex. P.S. As you all should know that running for an office weather it's class president or President of the US it all takes a little bit of money. When the night comes that they announce that I'm the new Mayor of Niles in 2016 I will be having a small get together to celebrate & the cost of running & the party at the end all has a cost. I'm starting now to take contributions for my run to the Mayors desk. If you would be willing to donate to help me make my run for the seat a bit easier I would be very thankful to any & all who are willing to help me out with a small donation . Also after the 1st of the year I will be looking for volunteers to help with my campaign. If you can help in either way , weather it be a small donation or to help on my up coming campaign you can contact me here or at Thanks for any & all help in the coming months. Thank You Rex.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
This is my 73 GTO , I got this car when I was still in school , kinda. I ordered it & it didn't come in because of then engine option that I ordered never got put in this body style, but I did get this as a left over (demo) for a lot less after I came back from boot camp after I was out of school. I did have a red car in school but it was the one everyone thinks is this car but it was my 69 firebird. It looked closer to the next pic only red. As soon as I can figure out how I put these pics on I'm going to put some more on of what it looks like today. This pic is in 87 or 88, not for sure . But it does look better then this one now, plus the engine compartment is VERY clean & tidy.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
This is a pic of my 68 firebird that I bought in 2004 for a very nice price. This is what you might call a barn find as it had been in the guys garage for the last 10 years or so. He ran out of intrest after he had spent about 10K on it & had all the paint & minor body work done to it. The car came from califorina & was his brother first new car. From somewhere around 87-88 he drove it in Chiago year round for about 4-5 years & then gave it to his brother & he put all the money into it then I got it. It still has the ORIGINAL exhaust on it even today. I sold it 3 years ago, it is now in Ann Arbor MI.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Heres one of me and Sara at the quarter pic's from chucky cheese. Good and cheep.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
This is the engine in the 68 firebird. Just a quick pic of it to show everyone how clean an engine compartment can be with just a little bit of work. I know most wouldn't even think of keeping the engine compartment this clean, but I guess I like it that way.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
This is SAra my daughter who is still the yungest student in her class , she is at age 14 now in 10th grade. She will be 15 on 11/6-12 but she doesn't look like shes only 14. Did any of us look like we belonged in a different class when we were 14-15??????
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Well got them in but can't figure out how to delete a copt of a pic. I tried to delete it but it didn't go away when I hit the delete button??? Oh well. pic X's 2
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Well here it is just a mont ago or so. The date is 8/10-2012. Not bad for a car thats 39 3/4 years old don't ya think. I tell everyone I've had this longer then both wives & all my kids.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Hers the engine in it in the last pic. It's out right now because the oil pump went out & I've got a little work to do on it. The engine now looks much better then in this pic & I'll post some of it when I get it back together before it goes back in. The engine is now spotless & is clean enough to eat off of, but I won't get food that close to it as I always spill when I eat & it would get on the engine if I eat around it.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Heres another pic of my pride & joy. This is a pic of Sara about 3 weeks ago. It seems that she grows faster then I can keep up with. She is turning into a real beautiful young lady, although she can't bve very spiteful at time. It's all those raging horamons & the boy craziness coming to the surface. Although she has settleted down after we had a real heart to heart & I reminded her I still am the boss. It probaley didn't hurt that I took her phone away for a week &she wasn't able to talk with her boyfriend for the same length of time. I think she realized I was serious about what we talked about, she learns very quickly. She is a very good girl overall.