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Carl M. Monroe, 80, of Midland, went to be with his Lord on August 6, 2019. He was born in Sturgis, Michigan, on April 28, 1939, to the late George and Cherry (Morrison) Monroe. On July 23, 1966, he married Diane Damer, in Sturgis, Michigan, and they had 53 wonderful years together.


Carl was a 1957 graduate of Sturgis High School. He attended Western Michigan University and graduated in 1962, majoring in paper technology and chemistry. While at WMU he was a member of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. After graduating he enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a cryptographer until 1965.


Carl joined Dow Corning Corporation in 1965, working as a TS & D chemist in Greensboro, North Carolina until 1971, then in Midland until he retired in 2000. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher and deacon for many years, and also served on the finance and mission committees. He was a member of the founding board of Calvary Baptist Academy where he served for over 20 years. After retirement he assisted families and individuals with budget counseling through Crown Ministries. In his free time he enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family.


Carl is survived by his wife, Diane, children; Cheryl (Tim) Chapman, Lima, Peru; Greg (Eileen) Monroe, Freeland, Michigan; Lisa (Michael) Miller, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and grandchildren; Lauren Chapman, Micah Chapman, Abigail Chapman, Samuel Monroe, Carson Miller, Blake Miller, Madison Miller, and Cole Miller. Carl was predeceased by his sister, Sharon Monroe.


A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, August 12, 2019, at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. Dan Dickerson officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home from 4-7 pm and at the church on Monday from 10 am until the time of service. Burial will take place at Midland City Cemetery.


Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Calvary Baptist Academy, Scholarship Fund.


On line condolences may be left at smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Deanna and Don Curler

    11 August 2019 2 years ago

    Diane, Don and I are so grieved for your loss. May God walk with you and your dear family always. We love you. Carl was a deacon light, he shined for Christ.

  2. Cristina Chacon & Diego Uribe.

    11 August 2019 2 years ago

    Greg. We send you a big hug. Our heats are with you in this moment. We know your Dad is with Lord Jesus and enjoying His piece. Please extend our condolences to your family.

  3. Dave & Jeanne Buckley

    09 August 2019 2 years ago

    We are so grateful for our friendship of almost 40 years with the Monroe family. Carl was a gentle giant who loved the Lord supremely. He was a wonderful example of a Godly husband, father, friend and Christian gentleman. Our hearts go out to you – Diane, Cheryl, Greg , Lisa and your families today. Please know that we loved & respected Carl so much and we love each of you too. May our loving & gracious Heavenly Father comfort your hearts & give you His Peace!

  4. Ted Coats

    08 August 2019 2 years ago

    Carl was a huge blessing in my life, he cared, he took time. I am grateful for his being a godly example to all of us, FAITHFUL and consistent! Diane and family you have our deepest condolences and all the mixed emotions of loss and sorrow mixed with HOPE and Assurance must be flooding your hearts and minds. May the LORD comfort, keep, and help you with strength in the inner and outer man and true joy in the heart. You are loved!

  5. Dorothy and Darren Jones

    08 August 2019 2 years ago

    Lisa and family,

    Darren and I were thankful to know Mr. Monroe. We always enjoyed his visits to Calgary.
    It was so nice to talk with him and he was always so thoughtful and kind. He would even give us gardening tips from time to time!
    We would like to express our deepest condolences to Lisa and all your family. Our hearts are heavy for you. We will be praying for you all during this time.
    We rejoice that Mr. Monroe is now in heaven with our Lord. His love for the Lord will live out in the legacy of his children and grandchildren!

  6. Jim and Karen Sheppard

    08 August 2019 2 years ago

    Dear Diane and Family, Our deepest condolences to you all as you celebrate the earthly life of dear Carl. We were honored to be your next door neighbors from 1993-2011 and witness the strength and witness of your faith and loving family ways. Carl was always a tower of strength and helpfulness with his gentle whisper, but always made those words count. We treasure the time our family grew up next to yours. With Love, friendship, and prayers of comfort….

  7. Kris Baggett

    08 August 2019 2 years ago

    Dear Cheryl and family,
    What fond memories I have of your dad. His calm, consistent spirit made an impression on me even in high school. He always had a kind word and I knew he cared for us as missionaries as well. It saddens my heart for your loss and we will certainly be sure to pray for you to experience the Lord’s special grace during these difficult days. Your friend from long ago, Kris (Boulton) Baggett

  8. Don & Karen Shingledecker

    08 August 2019 2 years ago

    We are so sorry about the sudden passing of Carl. We are so thankful he is in Heaven with Jesus. He was a very special man & Christian. His wife, Diane, & family are very special, also. We will be praying for the Lord’s comfort for all of them.

  9. Gregory Brines

    07 August 2019 2 years ago

    Hello Dianne and family! Carl is gone but his Godly grace and compassion will continue to bear the fruits of reward to you and your family as long as you may live and on into eternity so be strong and keep the faith! AN I ask in Jesus name…May our heavenly Father be close to you in this time of loss!

  10. Enlly and Orlando Mulero

    07 August 2019 2 years ago

    Querido cuñado Greg y familia Monroe, lamento mucho la partida de un ser tan especial como el Sr Carl, no compartí mucho con él, pero se a través de mi hermana Eileen, que fue un gran hombre, esposo, padre y abuelo, mi hermana lo amo y respeto con todo su corazón, fue para ella como su padre. Se que ahora el esta en los brazos del Señor, mis oraciones para que Dios les brinde consuelo a sus corazones.

    Dear brother in law Greg and Monroe family, I regret very much the departure of a being as special as Mr Carl, I did not share much with him, but I know through my sister Eileen, who was a great man, husband, father and grandfather, My sister loved and respect him with all her heart as her father. I know he is now in the arms of the Lord, my prayers that God might comfort your hearts.

  11. Michael

    07 August 2019 2 years ago

    A gentle giant. A man with a heart for the things of God.

  12. George and Beth Buckley

    07 August 2019 2 years ago

    Dear Diane and Family. Beth and I know how saddened you all must be feeling right now for the loss of your Husband, Father and Grandfather. However Carl is Rejoicing in Heaven with The LORD Himself. Nothing could be Better Then That.
    Your Friends in Christ,
    George and Beth Buckley

  13. Mary Ann Welch

    06 August 2019 2 years ago

    So very sorry for your loss.

  14. Joy

    06 August 2019 2 years ago

    Dear Lisa, and Monroe family,
    Our hearts are one with you today in sadness, that you will so dearly miss the presence and opportunity to talk with your Dad, husband and grandfather – to share in his wisdom and comfort and love. And yet we rejoice also with you in God’s rich promises and the Blessing that He worked powerfully in and through the Carl to the eternal benefit of so many, many people. And now he gets to hear the words of His Saviour as he beholds Him face to face;

    “…His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:21)

    Oh what a scene! Oh was a joy and comfort! May each of us be able to say today because our Saviour lived, then died, then rose again… it is well with my soul! 🙏🏻❤️

    May our Lord and Saviour grant you a peace that surpasses all understanding as we rest in His comfort and the knowledge of Him.
    Yours in Christ Jesus,
    Joy, Austin and Wyatt Claypool

  15. Dana and Gloria Everson

    06 August 2019 2 years ago

    Carl was a humble, wise, generous man. I know he had some health frailties especially in recent times, but he was MIGHTY in spirit as a man or prayer, with genuine concern for the souls of others. We have always respected him and Diane. He was a faithful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and Christian brother. We already miss his presence and encouragement. Thank you Carl for your kindnesses, your prayers, and your leadership.

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