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Junior Lee Caruthers

May 16, 1938 — December 29, 2023


Junior Lee Caruthers a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on December 29, 2023, in Independence, Missouri. Born on May 16, 1938, in Oxford, Arkansas to Troy Lee Caruthers and Lois Vesta (Cantrell) Caruthers, Junior's life was defined by his kind and easy-going personality.  

Junior's journey began at Pateros High School in Washington where he graduated with the class of 1956. Following his passion for service, he entered the United States Navy right after high school and served as an Air Traffic Controller for four years from 1956 to 1960. Junior's dedication and commitment during his military service set the foundation for a lifetime of selflessness. 

After leaving the Navy, Junior embarked on a rewarding career as a line worker at General Motors until his retirement in 1993. His dedication and work ethic were recognized by all who had the privilege of working alongside him. He made lasting connections with colleagues who became lifelong friends.

In time, fate intervened and brought Junior face-to-face with his destined love, Mary Ann Moulder. Their story began with a blind date that would forever change their lives. Junior and Mary Ann were inseparable from that moment forward. On July 30, 1966, they embraced each other's hearts and souls in the sacred bond of marriage. For over fifty-seven years, their love endured countless ups and downs as they weathered life's storms together.

Junior's hobbies reflected his love for adventure and his zest for life. In his younger years, he reveled in the thrill of riding Harley Davidson Motorcycles, embodying the spirit of freedom and rebellion. Every summer for more than two decades, he and Mary Ann embarked on thrilling "Jeeping" trips, where they socialized with fellow enthusiasts. They created countless cherished memories while exploring picturesque landscapes. Junior also found solace in hunting and fishing expeditions; he was especially skilled at finding one spot from which he reeled in fish.

Family was at the center of Junior's heart, and he treasured every moment spent with his loved ones. He leaves behind his devoted wife, Mary Ann Caruthers, who was his rock and partner through thick and thin. Their love story continues to inspire those around them. Junior's legacy lives on through his daughter, Theresa Thomas and husband Bob Thomas, and son, Lee D. Caruthers. He was a source of unwavering support and wisdom for them throughout their lives.

As a grandfather, Junior had a special bond with his grandchildren. Christine Edwards and husband Benji Edwards, Seth Thomas and partner Madison Powell, Brandon Caruthers, Blake Caruthers and partner Brandi, were privileged to have him as an ever-present figure in their lives. His great-grandchildren, Ezekiel Edwards, Elisha Edwards, Everleigh Edwards, and Molly Caruthers were the light of his life, bringing him immeasurable joy and inspiration. He was preceded in passing by his parents, Troy and Lois Caruthers, and sisters, Gwen Martin and Glenna Goodwin.

Junior's warm smile and caring nature touched the hearts of all who knew him. He had a unique ability to put others at ease with his calming presence. Whether it was lending a helping hand to a friend in need or comforting a family member during challenging times, Junior's compassion knew no bounds.

In remembrance of Junior's life and to bid him farewell, visitation services will be held on January 4th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Carson-Speaks Chapel located at 1501 W Lexington Ave in Independence, Missouri. A Funeral Service will take place on January 5th at 10:00 AM in the same location. Following the service, Junior will be laid to rest in Mt. Washington Cemetery situated at 614 S Brookside Ave in Independence.

Junior Lee Caruthers leaves behind a rich tapestry of memories that will be forever etched in the hearts of those he loved. His legacy of love, kindness, and adventure lives on within each individual he touched. As we mourn the loss of a remarkable man, let us also celebrate the beautiful life he lived and honor his spirit by embodying the qualities that made him so special.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in Junior's memory to be made to an animal rescue organization, as Junior had a soft spot for animals, especially his beloved dog, Stripe.

May we find solace in knowing that Junior's spirit will forever be with us, guiding and protecting us as we continue our journey in life. Rest in peace, dear Junior, your memory will forever be cherished.

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Thursday, January 4, 2024

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