On September 2, 2021, Gordon Harvey "Pod" Carpenter passed away at the age of 59.
Pod was born on October 13, 1961 to Bernard and Dorothy Carpenter. He graduated from St. John Bancroft, schooled at both Northwestern College & Briar Cliff University.
He is survived by 5 brothers and 4 sisters, and preceded by his parents, his brothers Larry & Tom & his brother in law Gary.
Pod was a lifelong and devoted fan of baseball: St. John's High School, his nephew's Xavier Saints, and especially the Minnesota Twins, even when they disappointed him. Pod also loved all things Iowa Hawkeye, most of all Hawkeye basketball. He loved to play sports as well, especially tennis, where his loaded topspin forehand and low, skidding serve earned him a spot on his college team.
Pod was a tireless manager for Sears for over 25 years; he was beloved by both his employees and regional management for his work ethic, competency, and sense of humor.
Pod loved music of many genres, especially rock and roll. He was a student of history, specifically World War 2 and the Kennedy years. Perhaps most surprising, he acquired an under the radar cooking ability, treating his family and friends to his chili, lasagna, and excellent, marinated grilled foods.
All these interesting facts of life are just that, facts. Facts, however, cannot convey the content of his character. Dutiful, selfless, caring, intelligent, devoted to his parents and caretaker to his mother, always willing to help and rarely ever asked for same; he NEVER complained about the awful card he was dealt, instead he enjoyed every day he was alive, no matter how bad he felt.
And in his long, painful illness this understated, modest, unassuming, decent man summoned a courage and strength that astounded even those of us who were so very close to him.
There's a picture of Pod from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown (wearing, of course, his Twins jersey). He's standing under a Jackie Robinson quote: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives". Pod was a prince and a fighter, and the way he lived, and ended, his life impacted so many lives, in such a memorable way. Long live his inspiration that comes down and through and onto all of us. God Bless him.