From: Paul Gage
Memorial Service for CLARENCE LEO CARROLL JR.
is Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11am at Waldo Avenue Restoration Branch
See the Obituary below.
CLARENCE LEO CARROLL JR. OBITUARY
Clarence Leo Carroll Jr. passed away at his home in Independence, Missouri on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 5:55 pm. The number five is said to be the number of God's grace, goodness, and favor to His children. Family, friends, and hospice staff were with him at that time.
Leo was born April 21, 1937, at 8:45 am, in Charleston, Missouri, to his parents, Clarence Leo Carroll Sr. and Charlene Goodrich Carroll. (For those who might be wondering, Charleston is fifteen miles east of Sikeston, in the Missouri boot heel.)
He was proceeded in death by his parents, brothers, Bob, Paul, Tom, and William, and sister Bette Stapleton.
He is survived by his loving wife, of 51 years, ten months and 26 days, Clareen Janice Green Carroll of the home; Sons: Clarence Leo Carroll III (Jennifer) of Grand Forks, North Dakota; John of Independence, Missouri, Mark (Jennifer) of Farmington Hills, Michigan; Daughter, Shannon (John) Novac of Washington, Michigan; Grandchildren: Clarence IV, Zachary, Desiree, Caleb, Makenzie, John, Ashley, and four great-grandchildren; Charlie Grace, Avonlea, Riley and Sadie; Brother, Dennis Carroll of Saint Joseph, Missouri and Sister, Vickie ( David) Thatcher of Riverside, Missouri.
Leo's job resume included being a newspaper delivery boy, at age 12, in Saint Joseph, Missouri; an assembler with his father at Einbenders, in Saint Joseph, Missouri; telegraph operator for Western Union on Pike's Peak in Colorado. He also drove cars down Pike's Peak for those who were fearful of driving down; Bus driver, coach, and teacher in public schools in Iowa and Michigan. He taught various subjects as well as computer science to high school students and adults. He also refereed high school football and coached golf teams. After concluding his teaching career in the public schools in Lake Orion, Michigan, his last employment was with Computer Methods Corporation in Livonia, Michigan.
Leo's educational background included: grade school, Jr and Sr. High school in Saint Joseph, Missouri; an Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Graceland College (University) in Lamoni, Iowa; a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and numerous certificates of qualification in several different areas.
He was in ROTC in high school and served in the military of the USA in the Air Force Reserves.
He was blessed, as an infant, on July 4, 1937, in Saint Joseph, Missouri by Elders Vimton M. Goodrich (his grandfather) and H.C. Timms. He was baptized, of the water, into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on June 23, 1946 at Saint Joseph, Missouri by G.C. Snapp and received the Laying on of Hands for the Gift of the Holy Spirit, on the same day by Elders R.D. Perton and W.E. Poague. He served in the ministry of the Church, being ordained to the Office of Priest on July 23, 1963 by Elders Ervin Fenn and Maynard Peterson, in Carson, Iowa and to the Office of Elder November 26, 2000, at the Oakwood Restoration Branch in Oxford, Michigan by Elders Robet Ruch and Dale Day. Leo remained strong and diligent in the Faith until his life here was finished.
Following God's direction, Leo and Clareen gathered to Independence, Missouri in September of 2012 and were also directed, by the Lord, to attend the Church of Jesus Christ, Waldo Avenue Restoration Branch in Independence, Missouri. They immediately became active in the work of the Church, as well as in the community and their neighborhood. Leo was active in various ways in the Church in Michigan and continued in similar efforts here. He served as Counselor to the Pastor at Waldo, he tutored students, served as a Chaplain, and later on the school board at Center Place Restoration School (CPRS) which is also the location of the Waldo Branch. He served on several councils of the Conference of Restoration Elders as well as Pastor of the Waldo Mission at the Groves, an assisted living facility, where services are held each Sunday afternoon. In his "spare time" Leo served as a volunteer at the Winter Stone golf course in Independence, Missouri.
One of Leo's greatest joys, was serving his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, however he could locally, but also in traveling to provide ministry to Saints in many places. He was active in such ministry prior to coming to Independence, Missouri, but in the six years he lived here, he visited Saints in several states as well as Australia and Canada.
He was truly a man who loved His God-the God of all creation and served Him to the best of his ability in whatever he did.