Robert Alvin Carroll

July 27, 1923 ‒ February 12, 2012

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Robert Alvin Carroll, age 88, of Palmetto, Florida, formerly of Butler, died February 12, 2012, at Woodside Village Care Center in Mt. Gilead. Born July 27, 1923, in Washington, Pa., he was the son of John Harrison Carroll and Olive Norris Carroll. He graduated from Washington High School in 1942. He served as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division, of the United States Army, in the South Pacific during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery.

Robert attended Muskingum College from 1946 to 1950, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. He was a four-year varsity starter on the Muskingum Football Team, which won the 1949 OAC Championship and the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida during his senior year.

Robert, affectionately known as Bob, married Ruth Swigart Carroll on December 19, 1948. Together Bob and Ruth raised five children, four sons and one daughter. Both were lifelong educators. Bob was a teacher and coach in the Loudonville, Butler, and Mansfield City School systems. Bob coached the 1960 Butler Bulldogs Football Team to a perfect 10-0 season. They retired to Palmetto, Florida in 1984. Ruth preceded him in death on July 13, 1988. They were married for 39 years. Bob had a love of family, country, and the out-of-doors. He was an avid boater and fisherman.

In addition to Ruth, Bob was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. He is survived by his sons Bob (Pam) of Palmetto, Florida, Tom (Bunni) of Delaware, Ohio, Mike (Heidi) of Marion, Ohio, Dave (Tina) of Butler, Ohio, and daughter Cathy Meilander (Rick) of Zanesville, Ohio, thirteen grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

Friends may call Thursday, February 16, from 5-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Friday at 11 am at the Snyder Funeral Home. The Rev. Alan Rose, former pastor of the Butler United Methodist Church, will officiate, and burial will follow in the Fredricktown Cemetery with military honors conducted by American Legion Post #535.

Suggested memorial donations to Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion or the Wounded Warriors Organization, may be made through the funeral home.

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