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Frank Carl Mesle Jr.

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Frank Carl Mesle Jr. Obituary
F. Carl Mesle Jr., 99, of Independence, Mo., passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Rosewood Health Center in Independence.

Carl was born Oct. 14, 1914, to Frank Carl Mesle Sr. and Mary Ocelia (Lewis) Mesle in Oneida, N.Y. Carl married Alice Kathalea Sprague (Kay) on June 4, 1942, at the Stone Church, in Independence. Kay preceded him in death in 2009. Carl had two siblings, Richard Lewis Mesle and Dorothy Mesle Fisher. All preceded him in death.

He leaves his children, Sharon Kay Mesle Moraine (Bill), Catharine Ann Mesle (Terry Christenberry) and Charles Robert Mesle (Barbara); five grandchildren, Emily, Jonathon, Sarah, Mark and Meg; four step grandchildren, Anne, Peter, Laura and Christina; and 7 great-grandchildren.

Carl was raised in Sherrill, New York. A life-long advocate for the Boy Scouts, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout and participated in the 1929 International Boy Scout Jamboree in England. Carl attended Graceland College, and graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in History in 1937. On graduation, dad worked as a professional Boy Scout until he entered military service in 1941, earning the rank of Major, and completed training in the OSS. Following WW II, Carl returned to professional Scouting in Kansas City, Mo., under H. Roe Bartle, before entering full time appointment for the Community of Christ (RLDS) in 1947, where he worked as an assistant to the First Presidency in religious education, camping, ministry to the military and college students, family ministry, and finally as pastor of the Stone Church from 1970 until his retirement in 1979. Carl remained active in the Stone Church and Scouting with Troop 223 throughout his life.

Carl devoted his life to community service. His many awards include: 1978 Kiwanis Club and Missouri Senate cited him for his years of community service; 1994, the mayor of Independence, Mo., declared "Carl Mesle Appreciation Day;" 1995 Kiwanis Club's Missouri Municipal League's Civic League Award; 2000, Truman Heartland Community Foundations' "City of Independence Citizen of the Year Award;" 2007 "Harry S. Truman Special Recognition Award" for Public Service; 2011 the City of Independence, McCoy Neighborhood "Good Neighbor Award;" 2013 "Outstanding Contribution to the African American Community of Independence, Mo."

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, 816-252-7900. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Carl touched many lives, and was loved, and will be missed by, his family and his many friends, all of whom meant the world to him.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stone Church or Outreach International in Carl's memory.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com.
Published in The Examiner on July 25, 2014
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