John Daniel Carroll

August 23, 1924August 17, 2013
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John Daniel Carroll, age 88, of Sun City, AZ and formerly of Deer River, MN passed away on August 17, 2013 at Banner Boswell Hospital in Sun City, AZ. He was born on August 23, 1924 in St. Paul, MN to Thomas J. Carroll and Katherine (Donahue) Carroll. He proudly served in the US Marine Corps in WWII in the Pacific aboard the USS Essex. Following graduation from the University Of Minnesota School Of Mortuary Science in 1948, he moved to Deer River to work for Herreid Brother in their funeral home and hardware store, now Jurvelin’s Hardware. In 1956, he and his first wife, Dorothy, founded the Carroll Funeral Home in Deer River, which he owned and operated until retiring in 1984. He was very active in the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association, serving as its president in 1973 and was active in many community organizations. He was an early board member of the new Deer River Community Hospital, a past worshipful Master of Chippewa Lodge #275 AF & AM of the Masons, a member of the Shrine Aad Temple and rode in the Shrine motorcycle patrol for several years. He was a past president of the Deer River Lions Club and a member of the Deer River VFW. He was also a member of the Sun City Elks and Grand Rapids Moose Lodge. He is survived by his wife, Irma G. Moore-Carroll, daughter, Nancy (David) Peterson of Marcell, MN, grandchildren: Jenny (Dan) Reed and Adam (Jenn) Peterson, great-grandchildren; Jonathan, Jacob and Grace Reed, and by his brother, Thomas J. Carroll of Las Vegas, NV. He is also survived by Irma’s children; Dwight & Steve Moore, Lynne Avery & Shelley Littlefield-Price, and by Millie Becker Carroll’s children, Judy Toffoli, and Brad & Gary Pierson. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers; Donald & Robert, his wife Dorothy (1981) and his wife Millie (2002). There will be a service at the Congregational Church in Sun City on Wednesday, August 21 at 2pm. In Minnesota, a visitation will be held from 4-8:00 pm Sunday, August 25 at Carroll Funeral Home in Deer River, MN with a Masonic service at 7pm. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 26 at 11am at Bethany Lutheran Church in Deer River. Burial will be at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Deer River. John had a soft spot in his heart for the Shiners’ Children’s hospital. If so desired, memorial gifts may be made to or to Shiners’ Children’s hospital, 2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414 in John Carroll’s name.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 21, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, August 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 26, 2013

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September 14, 2013

I would like to thank everyone for their very kind messages to me and their loving remembrances of John. He was a man who gathered friends and people who loved him. Thank you again, love, Irma

Karen Pechacek

September 12, 2013

Pat and I had an immediate connection with John after meeting him in San Diego after his marriage to Irma. We were so happy for them for finding each other later in life. John was so sweet, gentle and a great conversationalist. We will miss him. We are sending our deepest sympathy. Karen Pechacek and Patrick Murphy (San Diego)


August 23, 2013

John Carroll was my moms much loved husband as well as my stepfather. He, like most of the greatest generation, was a man of many accomplishments.

Most of you know more about his life and accomplishments than I do as he was already 77 when I first met him. What I do know about John is that, despite his many physical problems, he never lost his interest in life or abandoned his congenial personality. Not surprisingly, he had friends wherever he went and was genuinely loved by many.

Lately, he needed a lot of assistance and he became almost housebound. I never heard him wallow in self-pity and he did not succumb to chronic complaining. The minute he felt a little better he would be ready to re-engage in life. In many ways, John never grew old in his mind. His mental energy level, selflessness, and refusal to give into the obstacles and insults of growing old, typified the best of his generation. He maintained a passion for life and a curiosity about what tomorrow might bring that exceeded that of many half his age.

My mom was John's third wife and their late in life marriage was filled with romance, chivalry, and humor. John began the courting by washing my mom's windows with his special window-washing recipe. It was a charming and transparent strategy. Despite the normal friction that occurs when two people share a life and living space, they made each other happy.

They grew to know the little things that pleased the other one like a back rub or a bowl of ice cream and made routines out of them. When they danced together or did their special toast with wine glasses, age fell from their shoulders and, to the observer it seemed that they were young again, at least in each other's eyes.

In closing, I respected and loved John. He was a man of accomplishment, social grace, kindness, and determination. I know my mom will miss him for the rest of her life. My heart also goes out to his daughter, Nancy, and her family as well as Brad and Judy and their families. I pray that remembering John's example of living each day to the fullest will encourage my mom, John's family and all of us who loved him, when the waves of sadness come.

Paul & Lois Wanamaker

August 21, 2013

It was only last month that John and Irma sang to me a Happy Birthday message on my answering machine. I could see his smiling face as I heard his singing voice. Go with God in Peace. Paul & Lois Wanamaker

Jim & Mary Ann Marchesa

August 21, 2013

Please accept our sympathy for your loss.although we really know John for a
short he was a good friend and very pleasant to be with. He will be missed.
Jim & Mary Ann

Claire & Bill Hudson

August 20, 2013

We will never forget the first time we met John & Irma at the Elks Lodge. They graciously welcomed us to sit with them. We neglected to tell them there were about 15 more people that were joining us. John was always smiling, and he loved to dance. We will miss him very much.

August 20, 2013

May the road rise to meet you and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Don & Kathy Cramer Sun City, AZ

alice & Joe Mascaro

August 20, 2013

John with his smiling face will be missed by everyone. I'm sure he is smiling down us now.


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