He was born on Jan. 31, 1926, in rural Parsons to William Lee Carnahan Sr. and Olive (Houghton) Carnahan. He grew up in the rural Parsons area and moved with his family as a young adult to the family farm located west of Altamont. He was a graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont.
For a time, he worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant and Twin Valley Electric Cooperative before starting his lifelong profession of farming and dairying. Before unification, he served as a member on the Altamont Grade School Board. He also was a sales representative for A.O. Smith Harvestore Co. and bought and sold Holstein cattle.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Altamont, where he had served as trustee. In earlier years, he enjoyed hunting and officiating high school football and basketball games. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, attending their activities and hosting family get-togethers. He was an avid Kansas State University fan and was always willing to help others.
He married Velma A. Solomon on Sept. 5, 1948, at First Baptist Church in Altamont. She survives of the home.
Additional survivors include four sons, Gary Carnahan and his wife, Peggy, of Altamont, Stephen Carnahan and his wife, Valerie, of Altamont, Mike Carnahan of rural Altamont and Randy Carnahan and his wife, Jennifer, of Coffeyville; a daughter, Judy Sprague and her husband, Larry, of rural Parsons; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lee Carnahan Jr. and his wife, Ramona, of Altamont; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Howard Carnahan; and two sisters, Evelyn Carnahan and Irene Miller.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Altamont. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church of Altamont and may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont, 67330.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.