The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

by Jenna Clayton, Quill Reporter

Meet your neighbor Wesley Carpenter.

He was born in Ft. Madison, IA and raised in La Harpe and is the son of David and Pam Carpenter.

He was raised in a Christian home and was taught that hard work pays off.

His dad owned the Midway gas station at one time and a repair shop at the old Conoco station.

He spent most of his time at the station working on cars and pumping gas.

Carpenter graduated from La Harpe High School and from Lincoln Tech School in 1986. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1991-1997.

In 2000, he graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor's in Education.

He is married to his wife Kelly and they have two children, Laura and Jacob.

He is currently a teacher of Electricity and Automotive Technology for Southeastern Community College.

He teaches high school automotive where the students come to the college in West Burlington, IA.

He teaches electricity science and automotive technology to college students.

Previously Wesley was an Automotive Technician at a GM dealership in 1987-1991, and then joined the United States Marine Corps Aviation from 1991-1997 and also worked for Clover Tire in La Harpe from 1998 to 2000.

He is a member of the Union Church of La Harpe and is a District Training Officer for La Harpe Fire Protection District. He has been a fireman since 1997. He is an EMT for La Harpe Volunteer Ambulance and has been since 2004.

He enjoys restoring old cars, golfing, skiing, motorcycling, and woodworking.

Memorable times in Carpenter's life are working with his dad, marrying his wife Kelly, who was also his next door neighbor, and being in Mogadishu, Somalia in Africa.