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Carroll Dale De Zwarte was born on May 29, 1924, in rural Knoxville, to Arthur and Nellie Gertrude (Jones) De Zwarte, joining his older sister, Lorene. He was later joined by his two brothers, Burdette and Kenneth De Zwarte. Lorene was married to John Acklin and lived in Knoxville and in Kansas. Burdette was married to Evelyn Amos and lived in the Knoxville area. Kenneth was married to Marilyn Backus and lived in various places until going back to Knoxville. He grew up on a farm northeast of Knoxville and attended elementary school followed by attendance at Knoxville High School. During his high school days, Pearl Harbor was attacked and the United States became involved in World War II. Carroll decided that he should do his patriotic duty and join the military. Being only 17 years old at the time, he needed his parents’ permission and could not convince his mother to do so. When he turned 18 years old, in February 1943, he enlisted in the Navy. After Boot Camp in Farragut, Idaho, he was attached to Navy Aviation and after additional training he was shipped to Hawaii. During his time in the Navy, this was the only time he actually spent on a ship. The rest of the time he served in the South Pacific flying from island to island as the war progressed. After the war ended he was honorably discharged in March 1946 and returned home. After the war, he returned back to Knoxville. Not long after that, his younger brother invited him to attend Bible study with him. He learned more about the Bible and was convicted and convinced that he should become a son of God. Soon after he met the love of his life, Naomi Jean Allen. They were married on June 30, 1947, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. On Dec. 7, 1948, Carroll & Naomi gave birth to a daughter, Martha Eileen De Zwarte in Oskaloosa. Carroll attended Kletzing College in University Park, Iowa, before transferring to Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minn., where he received his bachelor's degree. He went further into studies and attended the Seminary there. (Note: At the time, the president of the college was a gentleman by the name of William Graham, who also was starting an evangelistic crusade. You may recognize him better as Billy Graham. During the final part of his schooling, Carroll and Naomi gave birth to their first son, Steven Dale De Zwarte, in Minneapolis on May 27, 1951. After graduation, Carroll moved his family to Zap, N.D., to teach at the high school in that town. They soon knew they missed their families and friends back in Iowa and moved back to the Knoxville area. On May 6, 1955, a second son, James Alan De Zwarte was born in Oskaloosa. Later, Carroll worked in various occupations including time at the Ford Implement factory in east Des Moines, in several positions, most notably as an inspector. He also was a tree trimmer, worked for Social Services in Monroe County, at the VA Hospital and the US Postal Service in Knoxville. Probably the most important part of his work history is that he served as a pastor of several churches, Melcher-Dallas, country churches Eldorado and Oakdale in rural Monroe County, Lovilia, and various other churches including Corydon, where he helped plant a church and preached for quite a while. This was all in addition to the “paying” jobs mentioned before. He had always been active in church participation, where he and his family belonged, as a Sunday school teacher, Bible Study Leader and in other Christian services. His main focus for much of his Christian duty was helping out programs for missions, both at home and abroad. His family grew over the years. Martha and George Rankin of Orange City, were married in 1967, and have two children and seven grandchildren: Eric David Rankin and his wife Lora (Vermeer) and their children: Elizabeth, William and Kohen, Kara (Rankin) and her husband Jeffrey Van Der Werff and their children: Jakob, Kathryn, Ian and Elin, Steven and Kathy (Gosselink) De Zwarte of Pella, Iowa were married in 1973, and have two children and one grandchild: Christopher De Zwarte and his wife Jana (Harvey) Nathan De Zwarte and his wife Lacey (Pender) and their child, Harlow, James Alan De Zwarte who died on Aug. 10, 1973, at the age of 18 years. Carroll leaves his wife for 68 years, Naomi, their daughter and her family, a son and his family; his sister-in-law Marilyn (Kenneth) De Zwarte, his brother-in-law Howard Allen and his wife, Jeanette, and his sister-in-law Eneatha (Allen) and her husband, Ernest Rankin all of Knoxville; along with many other family members, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, James Alan De Zwarte; his father and mother, Arthur and Gertrude De Zwarte; his sister, Lorene and her husband, John Acklin; his brother, Burdette De Zwarte and his wife, Evelyn and his brother Kenneth De Zwarte; along with his parents-in-law, J. Howry and Irene (Ross) Allen. On Sept. 26, 2015, at the age of 91 years, God decided that Carroll should finish his time on this Earthly portal and join the Heavenly Host, meeting past friends and family members that have preceded him and getting ready for others to join him at their appointed time. We know Carroll would like to have any and all of you join him in Glory. Funeral services were be held on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville.
Published on  October 8, 2015
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