Carroll J. Pease “Junior”, age 85 of Cloquet, passed away Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Community Memorial Hospital. He was born January 13, 1932 in Wrenshall to Carroll and Agnes (Rennquist) Pease and graduated from Wrenshall High School. Junior served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as an electrician for Conwed Corp. and USG Interiors for many years.
Junior built his dream house on 40 acres in Esko in 1965. An electrician by trade, Junior had a deep love of horticulture and designed and built greenhouses on the property. He developed his own soil mixtures and opened “Country Greenhouses” where he grew bedding plants that graced gardens throughout Carlton County. His love of horticulture was also reflected in the beauty of the property, filled with flower and vegetable gardens and inhabited by many deer and songbirds that provided many hours of enjoyment. Junior was also an avid fisherman who loved his countless fishing trips and afternoons in the boat.
Junior was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Shirley. He provided steady and tender care for Shirley throughout her long illness in a manner that is a lesson to us all. He is survived by his children, Kenneth (Britt) Pease, Michael Pease (Deb Montgomery), Daniel (Kim) Pease, Joanne (Randy) Nelson and Sharlene (Keith) Hartlage; one brother, Ronald (Ann) Pease; one sister, Ramona (Carl) Custard; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
The family would like to offer a heartfelt “Thank You” to the entire staff at Community Memorial Hospital for their professionalism and genuine kindness in providing care in Dad’s final days. We would also like to thank everyone at the Lighthouse/New Perspectives for giving Dad a welcoming home over the past three years. Your visits to him over the past week moved us more than you can know.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. Inurnment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery with Military Honors presented by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. See the family guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net.