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[i]Former Sen. John Glenn, who preceded Carpenter by a matter of months on the first orbital flight by a U.S. astronaut, is expected to deliver the eulogy of his former colleague and friend at the Nov. 2 ceremony at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine St.
A number of former astronauts will serve as honorary pallbearers during the ceremony and other dignitaries are expected to be in attendance, said Mike Murphy of Murphy & Associates Funeral Directors in Boulder. He said a list of those planning to be there won't be finalized until next week, but invitations have gone out to Colorado's congressional delegation.
The funeral, which is scheduled for 11 a.m., is open to the public. Carpenter, a former naval aviator, will receive military honors before his body is cremated and buried at his family's ranch in Steamboat Springs.
Murphy said St. John's seats around 550 people, though a portion of the church will be reserved for dignitaries, family members and friends. A chapel on the property that holds up to 120 people and a parish hall that can accommodate another 150 or so will be available to those who wish to attend, with audio from the funeral piped in.
...Murphy said the public will have two closed casket visitation opportunities at St. John's on Nov. 1 -- the first from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the second from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.[/i][/B][/QUOTE]
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