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5801 South Lyndale Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Phone: 612-861-6088
Fax: 612-861-4543
Cyril Carpenter

Cyril Hillary "Cy" Carpenter

Thursday, December 21, 1922 - Monday, February 4, 2019
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Cyril H. Carpenter, age 96 of Bloomington, MN. Born on December 12, 1922 in rural Sauk Centre, MN; passed away February 4, 2019. He grew up on the family farm, one of ten children and graduated from Sauk Centre High School. Cy began his 23-year official affiliation with Farmers Union in 1965 as a lobbyist and secretary for Minnesota Farmers Union. From 1972-84 he served as president of MFU. In 1984, the membership of National Farmers Union elected Cy as their National President, a position he held until 1988. During that time, he was elected to the International Agricultural Board, serving under President Carter. He was active in many MN and national organizations: University of Minnesota College of Agriculture, Governor’s Council on Aging, National Council on Aging, Office of Technology Assessment, National Grains Grading Board, Green Thumb Inc., Program for Employment of Low Income Elderly, C.A.R.E, International Federation of Agricultural Procedures, and Kids Incorporated. After retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, remodeling and building. Preceded in death by son, Richard Cyril Carpenter. Survived by wife, Frances; daughters, Kristian L. Carpenter-Zyla (Daniel) and Amelia “Milly” Gates Carpenter; grandchildren, Timothy Zyla, Frances Zyla, Douglas Zyla and Krystal Zyla-Wilkerson; sisters, Mildred Engdahl, Janette Wolff and Alta Hanson. Funeral Service 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2019 at Portland Avenue United Methodist Church, 8000 Portland Avenue South, Bloomington with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Sauk Centre, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the MN Farmer’s Union Scholarship Fund. A memorial service will be scheduled for the spring of 2019.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 8th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Friday, February 8th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Portland Avenue United Methodist Church
    8000 Portland Avenue South
    Bloomington, MN 55420
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  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 8th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, February 8th, 2019 2:00pm
    Portland Avenue United Methodist Church
    8000 Portland Avenue South
    Bloomington, MN 55420
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    Pastor Carol Zaagsma
  • Interment

    Greenwood Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Sauk Centre, Minnesota
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    Interment at a later date
  • Reception

    Portland Avenue United Methodist Church
    8000 Portland Avenue South
    Bloomington, MN 55420
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Josh Syrjamaki

Posted at 08:19pm
An icon is gone. I’m a better person for getting to know you, Cy. I’ll never forget the trips Sen. Wellstone sent you and me on traveling across rural Minnesota together in a mini van organizing and strategizing with citizens about how to build bridges between urban and rural America. I will miss you. My love to Fran and the whole family.

Andrea Wooten

Posted at 01:08pm
I am so sorry to hear this news. Cy served as a role model, mentor, adviser, and friend during my career. I met Cy as a young person when he was leading the Minnesota Farmers Union. During summers at college, I served as camp director for his youth camps. Many years later, Cy hired me when he served as President of the National Farmers Union and Chairman of the Green Thumb, Inc. Board of Directors to lead Green Thumb. He continued to serve on the Green Thumb (later renamed Experience Works) Board until after my departure in 2004. Cy was an inspirational leader and speaker, a man who knew his "true north" and who was a tireless advocate for farm families, older individuals, and others in our country who struggled to live. He was kind and caring, and always ready to lend an ear and do what he could to help. As a young woman leading a large national organization, I often turned to Cy for wisdom. He never failed to encourage, to share positive words, and to fight for what was right. Our world will miss him. --Andrea Wooten Sperryville, Virginia

Sally A. Boofer

Posted at 12:37pm
My heart felt sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Cy. He was such a great guy - he constantly gave of himself to promote very worthy causes. I had the honor of knowing Cy for many years from his affiliation with Farmers Union and Green Thumb, now Experience Works. We had many discussions about farming and family. He was proud of his family for sure. He will be missed. Sally A Boofer

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