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Sawyer Funeral Home
Sunday May 1st, 2022
4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Funeral Service

Simpson United Methodist Church
Monday May 2nd, 2022

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Carrol R. Joy

Carrol Ross Joy, 101, Alta Vista, KS took Jesus' hand at his daughter's home (Cathy), on April 25, 2022.  He was twenty-one days shy of being 102.  He was born on the family farm as the youngest child of Ross and Bertha (Hesser) Joy on May 16, 1920, in Alta Vista.   He attended Pleasant Ridge School and in 1938 he graduated from Alta Vista High School. 

At the age of twenty-one, Carrol volunteered to serve his country in World War II, from January 1942 until October 1945.  He was a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corp, in the 514 Squadron/406 Fighter Bomber Squadron.  The Squadron flew support for the D-day landings, and they arrived as a group in France on Omaha Beach. Later in the war his squadron participated in the Battle of the Bulge. As a crew chief for the P-47 Thunderbolt, his plane flew 115 missions without an abort.  Carrol was awarded the Bronze Star, ETO Ribbon, two presidential unit citations, and the good conduct medal.  After an honorable discharge he served in the reserves for three years. 
Carrol married the love of his life, Edna Mae Hultgren, on her 21st birthday, in the White City Methodist Church parsonage, on January 30, 1949.  They were married for nearly 64 years until her passing on November 3, 2012.  They had four children. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa and great grandpa.  Carrol farmed for many years, and also was a Prairie Valley Seed dealer.  He was a member of the Simpson United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 71, and served on the board of the Alta Vista Senior Center. He and Edna Mae enjoyed traveling to many WWII reunions. 
Carrol was preceded in death by his parents, wife Edna Mae, sister Hope Jacobs, brother Wyeth Joy, nephews Dennis Jacobs, and Tad and Brent Joy.  Survivors include children Linda (Duane) Peter, Gary Joy, Cathy (Jerry) Hutchinson, and Sharon (Ron) Brown.  Grandchildren, Holly, Daniel, Dustin, John, Carrie, Matthew, Rachel, Hannah, Sarah, Garry, and Geoff, and twenty great-grandchildren, niece Gloria Smith, and his cousin Shirley Blosser. 
A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30,  Monday, May 2, 2022 at Simpson United Methodist Church, Alta Vista, KS.  A visitation will be held, Sunday, May 1, at the Sawyer Funeral Home in Council Grove, from 4-6pm.  Burial will be at the Alta Vista Cemetry with full military honors.   Memorial contributions are suggested to Simpson United Methodist Church or the Alta Vista Senior Center. 

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I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I have fond memories of him as a child when visiting Sharon while spending my summers with my Grandparents

Teresa Williams Erwin May 10 2022 2:26 PM

Carroll Joy was a bright spot in my life when I worked at the AV senior center! He always had a smile on his face and put up with my schnanigans. May Good comfort your family. Heaven is more precious now! Hugs to you all!

Lori Beth Terrell May 3 2022 11:13 PM

I had a conflict or I would have come to Alta Vista for this. He was such a nice person to be around and a hard worker. He ran the race, he finished the course and there is now laid up for him the crown of righteousness, as Paul put it. Sorry for your loss.

Lucille Barb May 2 2022 9:19 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Carrol Joy

Deb Hewitt May 1 2022 11:02 AM

Good friend and neighbor for many years! Thoughts and prayers for you all!

Hazel Zimmerman Apr 30 2022 8:39 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Carrol Joy

Valerie Morris Apr 29 2022 6:25 PM

Carrol Joy was truly a joy! He loved people, and people loved him. I'm sure he has made several friends in heaven already. My love and my prayers are with Carrol's family and friends. We grieve because he is no longer with us, but we rejoice that he is with Jesus.

Ruth Ann Warren Apr 29 2022 12:01 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Carrol Joy

David and Carolyn Andres Apr 28 2022 10:39 PM

Jerry, Cathy and family. It was a privilege to have known Carroll. A man of God, a family man and an American hero. Sympathies from the Willette family.

Bob & Nanette Willette Apr 28 2022 6:43 PM

You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

Hazel Zimmerman Apr 28 2022 3:05 PM

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