Carroll Cletus Johnson

June 29, 2021

Carroll Cletus Johnson, 99, of rural Frankfort left this life on June 29, 2021 at I.U. Health Arnett Hospital, Lafayette, Ind.  Carroll was born on a farm that was called Johnson Road at that time and is now called North Union Road to Herman and Lena Culbertson Johnson on August 17, 1921.

He was a 1939 graduate of Frankfort High School and had belonged to Troop 38 of the Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Junior Assistant Scout Master.

Carroll served as the Union Township Boys 4-H Leader for 3 years and as a director at Bunnell Cemetery for several years.  He was a life member of the American Legion Post #12 in Frankfort for over 73 years, a member of the Clinton County Antique Tractor Club, and had been a member of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church since 1933, where he had served as a deacon and elder.

On November 9, 1942 he was sworn into the United States Army and served in North Africa in 1943 and on the Anzio Beachhead in the spring of 1944.  On August 15, 1944, while serving in the 141 Field Artillery, he involved in the invasion of southern France.  On May 8, 1945 when the war in Europe ended, Carroll was in southern Germany.  After his discharge from the army on September 30, 1945 he returned to the farm and was the 4th generation of Johnsons to farm it.

On November 13, 1942 he married Mary Lou Thatcher and she preceded him in death in 1965.  On March 26, 1967, he married Norma Carolyn Harland and she passed this life on February 13, 2009.

Memorial Donations may be may be made in Carroll’s honor to the Clinton County Boy Scouts or the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Visitation and Services

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 352 W. Clinton Street, Frankfort.  Friends may visit 10 a.m until the time of service at the church.  Pastor Kelly Kurth will officiate.  Burial with Military Honors will follow at Bunnell Cemetery, Frankfort.  Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main Street, Frankfort is honored to serve Mr. Johnson’s family. 

Survived by:

Surviving are his 3 nieces, Janilyn (Jim) Need of Frankfort, Jerilyn (Junior) Geiger of Columbia City and Karla (Chip) Combs of Barrington, Illinois and 1 nephew Jerry Lee (Pat) Ostler of rural Frankfort.   He is also survived by 2 cousins, Carolyn Johnson Korb of St. Louis and Susan Klepinger of Elkhart, Indiana.   He is also survived by his more or less adopted family Pam and Mike Hensley and their sons Chris and Chad.

Preceded by:

In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 3 sisters.


Leave your Condolences

17 Condolences for “Carroll Cletus Johnson”

  1. Patricia Brumbarger June 30, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Sorry to hear of his passing, I worked at Wesley Manor and took care of his father and mother, and had many good talks with him and Norma. I will always remember this family. Long may the memories live on. I am sure many of my fellow co workers remember this family. We also had his aunt and uncle of his mothers side, a great family.

  2. Carolyn Ellis July 1, 2021 at 9:51 am

    I was so sorry to hear this news. Carroll was looking forward to his 100th birthday. I have known him for many years. My late husband bought the field just south of me from him a long time ago. My son Michael helped one summer baling hay for him. I knew his family too. Such nice people. He will be missed by many.

  3. Phil and Gloria Crum July 1, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    So sorry to hear of Carroll’s passing. May you have beautiful memories.

    With sincere sympathies.

  4. Kristi Skiles July 2, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Chris, Megan, Caleb, Callie, &
    Hensley Families,
    What a full “Book of Life “ for Carroll.
    God had a plan when he united Norma & Carroll with the Hensley family.
    It has been a blessing for us to share a wedding, babies, birthdays, and
    holidays with him. He always had a “Back in my day” story to share. His presence will be missed, but memories will be cherished. At “99” years
    old , his legacy will be forever instilled
    in the hearts of several generations!
    With Love & Sympathy to you all!
    Scott ~ Kristi

    • Mike July 5, 2021 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you so much Kristi.
      He was a special person to me. He was just like a father. I already miss our daily talks.

  5. Lynette Hardesty July 3, 2021 at 12:01 am

    What a wonderful man, this world & we were better because of Carroll. We loved talking with him. God gained an ANGEL. Lynette & Jeff Hardesty

  6. Jack Scheid July 4, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Great Soldier & a Good man. RIP friend

  7. Gary G Johnson July 4, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    In my younger days I lived on the Johnson farm adjacent to Carroll. He helped make those years very memorable. RIP cousin.

  8. Bill & Lora (Smith) Layton July 5, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    The Johnson Family & Clinton County has lost a good one–such a sweet gentleman. Our tractor club will miss him also.

  9. Pam Freeland July 6, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    I’m so glad I got to know this kind gentle man/cousin just in the last 2 years. I so enjoyed hearing of his farm experiences as well as his WWII
    history, and sharing mutual family ancestry. And eating ice cream too! I feel very blessed to have known him, and I send my condolences to you all who have known and loved him for so long.

    • Jerilyn July 8, 2021 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you, Pam. He also appreciated you and told me of your kind deeds and offers to him.

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