|Earl Floyd Carwile, a kind, compassionate, ornery, man enjoyed life from May 12, 1919, until Sunday, November 7, 2010. He was 91 years old.
Earl was born in Rock Island, the son of Paul Hudson and Hildur (Ericson) Carwile. He was reared and educated in Monmouth, graduating from Monmouth High School in 1937. Earl then graduated from Monmouth College in 1941.
On June 13, 1942, Earl married Ruth Kathryn "Kak" Finlay in Petersburg, Virginia. They were married for sixty- seven years. She survives, along with five daughters: Linda (Gary) Gilliland, Wisconsin Dells, WI; Polly (Jerry) Aten, Tucson, AZ; Ann (Dave) Holmer, Albuquerque, NM; Amy Carwile, Galesburg; and Marti Carwile, Monmouth. He had fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are Earl's sisters, Polly Thompson, Monmouth, and Dorothy (Jack) Lemmerman, Aurora, IN, as
well as his sister-in-law, Ruth Hamilton Carwile, Monmouth.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Ralph Carwile, his brother-in-law, Bill Thompson, and his granddaughter, Kiley Standard.
Earl was drafted as a buck private in June, 1941, and discharged as a Captain in January, 1946, serving with the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe and Africa. After working for the U.S. Postal Service, Earl owned Carwile Paint Store with his father Paul and brother Ralph, for forty years, until 1982. After retiring, he and his wife worked at the American Baptist Assembly grounds, Green Lake, WI, for several years.
He and his family were members of the former First Baptist Church, Monmouth. He served as president of Monmouth District #38 School Board for four terms.
He also volunteered with the American Red Cross and donated many gallons of blood. He was a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club and the American Legion Post #136 of Monmouth. At the Good Samaritan Home in Quincy, where he and his wife most recently resided, he volunteered in the Alzheimer's Unit and was known to lead the water aerobics class in song. He and his wife Kak served as foster parents to many children.
Earl will be remembered as a diehard Cubs fan and for proudly showing off his "Super Swede" suspenders. He was proficient on the nose flute, loved waterslides, doing cannonballs from high diving boards, telling stories and "The Chicken Dance". He also liked to have rubberband gun fights with his brother Ralph while at work at the paint store. He loved to be outdoors, gardening, fishing, camping, and identifying birds, trees, and plants. Late each Sunday afternoon, he made a huge pot of popcorn, to be enjoyed by family and friends.
Cremation has been accorded, with a private family graveside interment services to take place in Monmouth Cemetery. Friends are welcome to join the family to celebrate Earl's life at the Monmouth Country Club from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m, on Friday, November 12, 2010. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Monmouth, or The Good Samaritan Home, Quincy, IL. Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth is in charge of the local arrangements.
Online condolences may left at hooverhall.com.