Carroll Cletus Johnson, 99, of rural Frankfort, left this life on June 29, 2021 at I.U. Health Arnett Hospital, Lafayette. 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 Aug. 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 three 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 Nov. 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 Aug. 15, 1944 while serving in the 141 Field Artillery, he was 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 Sept. 30, 1945, he returned to the farm and was the fourth generation of Johnsons to farm it.
On Nov. 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 Feb. 13, 2009. In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.
Surviving are his three nieces, Janilyn (Jim) Need of Frankfort, Jerilyn (Junior) Geiger of Columbia City and Karla (Chip) Combs of Barrington, Illinois; and one nephew, Jerry Lee (Pat) Ostler of rural Frankfort. He is also survived by two cousins, Carolyn Johnson Korb of St. Louis and Susan Klepinger of Elkhart. He is also survived by his more or less adopted family Pam and Mike Hensley and their sons Chris and Chad.
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. Memorial Donations may be made in Carroll's honor to the Clinton County Boy Scouts or the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Please visit goodwinfuneralhome.com, where you may leave a message with the family.