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Carroll Everett Tutt

Carroll Everett Tutt was born on October 31, 1918, in Ellsborough Township, Murray County, Minnesota, to John Arthur and Christine (Corneliussen) Tutt. He grew up on the family farm in Ellsborough Township, rural Lake Wilson, in a family of five brothers and two sisters. He was baptized in his family’s home. Carroll attended Sunday School and as a teenager joined the Methodist Church in Lake Wilson. He attended country school District #102 and graduated from Lake Wilson High School in 1936. Carroll’s last three years of high school were spent on farms near Lake Wilson doing chores before and after school for his room and board. After high school, Carroll stayed home and helped his father on the family farm.

On August 2, 1947, Carroll married Florence Erickson at Ellsborough Lutheran Church. He and his brother, Fred, continued their farming partnership on the family farm. During this time Carroll and Florence had 3 of their 4 children. In 1965, they purchased their farm on Highway 91. It was quite a sight to see Carroll inside their home as it was being moved down Highway 91 to its new location. In 1966 their fourth child, Kimberly, was born. No matter how hard dad worked, he always had time to help his kids with homework and 4-H projects. In 2010 they moved to Oak Street in Slayton, MN, and enjoyed getting to know their neighbors and their lunch friends at the Senior Center. In October 2017, they moved into Lindenwood Assisted Living and remained there until June 2019 when they moved to Maple Lawn Senior Care in Fulda, Minnesota. In July 2020, Carroll and Florence moved to The Gardens Nursing Home in Winsted, MN, to be near their daughters.

Upon his marriage to Florence, Carroll became a member of Ellsborough Lutheran Church. Carroll was active on the church council and Lutheran Brotherhood. He taught Sunday School, served as Chairman of the Luverne Circuit Brotherhood which represented 15 churches in SW Minnesota, and was on the Board of Directors at Lake Shetek Bible Camp. He served many years as a 4-H leader and 10 years on the Soil Conservation Board in Murray County.

In their later years, Carroll and Florence enjoyed traveling to Pennsylvania to visit their daughters and wintering in McAllen, Texas. Florence and Carroll traveled overseas visiting the Holy Land, Egypt, Austria, and Germany.

Carroll was respected by friends and family for being a gentle Christian man who worked hard, never spoke a cross or hurtful word, and extended unconditional love to everyone. Carroll was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother, uncle, neighbor, and friend.

Carroll passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at the age of 102. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Florence, of 74 years; his children - Cathy, Carolyn, Jim (Sue), and Kimberly (Tom); his grandchildren – Tara (Kory) Scholton, Noah Houg, Taylor (Samantha) Tutt, Tiffany (Grant) Bose, and Mitchell Moorse; his great-grandchildren – Addison Scholton, Layton Scholton, Grayson Tutt and Bristol Tutt; sister-in-law Bess Tutt; brother-in law – Jim Bjorge, several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers – Ralph, Arthur, Fred, Earl, John; his sisters – Mary Owens and Irene Telford; his brothers-in-law – Bob Owens, Jim Telford, Carroll, Gilman, Marvin, and Jimmy Erickson; his sisters-in-law – Fran Bjorge, Marilyn & Arlys Erickson, Velma, Nina, and Stella Tutt.

Cards and memorials may be sent to Florence Tutt at 337 Sunfish Lane, Winsted, MN 55395. A Celebration of Life service will be announced at a later date.

Hadley Steel