Carl A. Back

November 12, 1923 ‒ March 09, 2006

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Carl A. Back, 82, of Bellville, died Thursday March 9, 2006 in Winchester Terrace Nursing Home following a long period of failing health.

Born October 12, 1923 in Marion, Ohio, he was the son of Cyrus A. Back and Roszettie (Johnson Hill) Back. He grew up in Mansfield and was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1942.

Carl served his country in WWII, inducted into the armed service in March 1943. He served with the 145th Tank Wave Battalion going in with the third wave at Omaha Beach on D-Day. He continued his service in France and Belgium until he was discharged in 1945.

He married Frances Greene on November 28, 1945 and has lived in Bellville ever since.

He worked as a draftsman at Ideal Electric, an engineer with Peabody Barnes and then as a salesman at Shoemaker Electric from which he retired in 1988.

Carl was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Bellville for over 60 years, and served the congregation as a deacon and an elder.

Always active in local organizations, he worked with the Boy Scouts of America, was a past president of the Bellville Chamber of Commerce, was a past president of both the Bellville and the Richland County P.T.A.s and served as the curator of the Bellville Historical Society Museum until shortly before his death.

His hobbies included working in his lapidary shop, traveling, raising and showing rabbits and thoroughly enjoying his great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of over 60 years Frances Back; a son and daughter-in-law Jamie Back and Ruth Wachtel of Bellville; daughter and son-in-law Gayle and Don Snyder of Shiloh; two grandchildren and their spouses Isaac and Jeanette Back of Bellville and Ben and Renee Kunkel of Savannah; six great grandchildren Mason and Trey Back and Brennan, Schuyler, and Lilianna Kunkel, and Tyler Meeghan; brothers and sister-in-law Charles Hill of Inverness, Florida, John and Shirley Back of Galion; and a nephew Charles Murray of Mansfield; plus many other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his seven half sisters and one half brother.

A memorial service will be held Monday March 13, 2006 at 11:30 am in the Bellville Presbyterian Church, 118 Markey Street, Bellville, conducted by the Rev. Robert Hauser. The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is serving the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellville-Jefferson Township Historical Society.