In loving memory of

Carroll E. Polsley
July 6, 1931 - November 21, 2020

Carroll Eugene Polsley, son of James Elmer and Lina E. (Culbertson) Polsley, was born on July 6, 1931 at home near Coin, IA. He entered into rest on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Azria Health in Clarinda, IA at the age of 89.

He married Elizabeth Ann Nocton on November 5, 1949 in Bentonville, AR. They resided in the Coin area until Ann's passing in 1996. Carroll later moved to Clarinda, IA.

Carroll is survived by three children Jim (Carol Bryson) Polsley of Shenandoah, IA, Kate (Carroll) Steeve of Gravity, IA and Doug (Guylene) Polsley of Riverside, CA. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, his sister Deloris Warnecke of Denver, CO, his special friend Jeane Nease of Clarinda, IA and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Carroll will be buried at the Elmwood Cemetery in Coin, IA and a graveside service will be held hopefully in 2021 when it is safe for travel and gatherings. Memorials may be directed to the Coin Fire and Rescue.


Debra Shields-Argo wrote on Dec 1, 2020:

"It is so hard to loose the icons of Coin, Iowa. To loose our parents is the hardest part of living and Carroll and Ann were one of the nicest couples of Coin. Carroll always had a smile, a laugh and kind words for everyone. He was always good to kids. I am so sorry for his families loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jim, Kate, Doug and families. Prayers for you Jeane. It was a pleasure meeting you a couple of times when I saw you and Carroll in town. May God comfort you all in this time of sorrow."

Steve &Linda Rowan wrote on Nov 30, 2020:

"Steve Rowan Heck of a good man. I'm sure he'll be missed greatly. Jim, Kate, Deloris, & Doug as we grew up together as they were at grandparents Elmer& Lina's farm"

Barb Martin wrote on Nov 30, 2020:

"So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers."

Gary Anderson wrote on Nov 29, 2020:

"Sorry for your loss Jim I did not know until reading KMA obituaries your father was a great man very friendly very accommodating he truly will be missed Gary "

Jim and Carolyn Polsley wrote on Nov 27, 2020:

"If there was a school bus driver hall of fame, I would nominate Carroll. He was my first bus driver and one of the best I have ever known, and I have known a few. He was, also, a good guy to know. Our sympathy to his family at his passing. Jim ( another one) and Carolyn Polsley."

Larry Vanden Bosch wrote on Nov 25, 2020:

"Sorry for the loss and my sympathies to all. Sincerely, Larry & Linda Vanden Bosch "

Larry Vanden Bosch wrote on Nov 25, 2020:

"My sympathies to all the family. Take care Jeane. I'll stop in sometime when this Covid clears up. "

Gregg Knowles wrote on Nov 25, 2020:

"I am very saddened to learn about Carroll's passing. I just spoke to Jim a week ago and asked how he was doing, but nothing indicated he was getting ready to leave us. I hunted deer with Carroll and a group of other Shenandoah-area men for many years starting in 1990 and always looked forward to the camaraderie those times provided. Carroll was what I call a "salt of the earth" kind of guy...not presumptuous, willing to do anything he could to help you if you needed it. Always a ready laugh and smile. My most sincere condolences to his family."

Dale and Marian Thomas wrote on Nov 24, 2020:

"I remember Carroll as a good ball player, good business man and one who always new you."

June Miller wrote on Nov 23, 2020:

"My family has known the Polsley family for as many years as I can remember. I used to babysit for Jim and Kate before Doug was born. My younger siblings were classmates of Jim and Kate. My grandparents lived just a block South of Anne and Carroll's house. Little Doug used to run over to their house yelling "Ellie, Ellie, let me in. Anne was after him for him being ornery. My Grandmother's name was Elsie. So many good memories. Carroll once had a dachshund dog named Tony. He loved to overeat and Carroll fed him well. Our sympathy goes out to all the family and especially Jeane. She was a rock to Carroll. Carroll's sister Delores was a loving and caring sister to Carroll. The town of Coin did lose a gentle giant and an icon of the area. Much love, Bob and June Exceen Miller"

Glenda Myers Schouten wrote on Nov 23, 2020:

"My condolences to Jeane, Jim, Kate, Doug and everybody who knew Carroll. He was a great person and friend of my family. I can still see him and my Dad, Gene Myers, having the time of their life in whatever they did together. You will always be remembered. Rest in Peace, my friend. Glenda Myers Schouten, Cedar Rapids, IA"

Deanna Warneke wrote on Nov 23, 2020:

"Sending sincere sympathy to all of Carroll?s family and friends. Special memories of playing cards and sharing pizza with Carroll and Jeane will always be remembered.. Deanna Warneke, Estherville,Iowa"

Connie (Wagaman) French wrote on Nov 23, 2020:

"My sympathy and prayers for the family. I have great memories of Carroll when he owned the Polsley Station in Coin. I was just a young girl on my bicycle and I would always stop into the station for a slim jim and a squirt. Carroll was always pleasant to us kids and of course if we needed our bike tires filled up he would take care of us no matter how busy he was at that time. And then when Carroll and Ann took over the Coin Café, we would go in there and get ice cream. Carroll was also a big part of the Coin Fire department. He was such a great asset to Coin and our memories will last a life time. Rest in peace my friend! "

Alisa Andrew wrote on Nov 23, 2020:

"Thanks for all of the great memories, Carroll! You were always willing to sit and chat with me, which meant a lot to me. You were always willing to help me with anything that I needed help with. You are one of those rare people with a gigantic heart! I know my Mom will miss all of the fun times you two had together and the many road trips. I will always remember your great smile and your contagious laugh. Rest in Peace. I will miss you very much. Alisa Andrew"

Carl and Dana Buck wrote on Nov 23, 2020:

"Carroll was a great husband, father, friend, neighbor and citizen of Coin, I knew him from age four when we moved to Coin and his family was our neighbor. He was always helpful and there when people needed help. I remember all the pets he had and especially the Dachshund pups he loved. His dog Fred was my favorite and a long time companion for him. Jim, Kate and Doug were blessed to have a dad like him, As someone else put it he was a gentle giant and worked hard all his life. "

Richard & Marcia Wagaman wrote on Nov 23, 2020:

"Condolences to Jim & Kate on your loss! Carroll was one of the kindest men that I ever met. If you was in need, he was always the one to volunteer to help. Now that him and Ann are united, I am sure they are enjoying one another again. He was a gentle giant and community leader for Coin and the fire department. It was undoubtedly my pleasure to have share this world and life with such an icon. Rest In Peace and I hope I can be as good of a roll model as you on this earth!"

Janet Edmonds wrote on Nov 23, 2020:

"My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the family, May fond memories and God?s loving words carry you through and beyond this difficult time of mourning. Isaiah 57:15"

Coleen (Ketcham) Norton wrote on Nov 22, 2020:

"Kenny used to drive our school bus, and everyone thought the world of him. Nearly all the kids loved to tease and joke with him and then there the ones who caused problems. He always knew how to handle them. Carroll was one of a kind, can?t believe I still remember those days. Coleen (Ketcham) Norton"

terry anderson wrote on Nov 22, 2020:

"I wish my dad had been as good of a man as Carroll was ."

Kenny McClarnon wrote on Nov 22, 2020:

"My condolences to Jim and to Kate on the loss of your dad. May the Lord be with you and your families during this time."