Ivan William Carroll was born on Sunday, July 3 1921. He was one of four children born to William Harrison Carroll and Lela (Hungate) Carroll. After graduating from Auburn High School in 1938, Ivan joined the Conservation Corps and later the United States Army. He served in the 34th Infantry Division and was awarded several medals for his service including the bronze medal and a silver star. He served his country in both World War II and in the Korean War. After returning from the Korean War, he was stationed at Ft. Breckinridge Kentucky. It was during this time that he met his future bride, Vera Mansfield. Vera and Ivan were married in 1953 and had 5 children together. Ivan raised his family in Owensboro Kentucky. The family relocated to Sunnyvale California in 1964 when Ivan decided to pursue other opportunities and go westward. Ivan retired from Filco Ford (presently Lockheed Martin) as a Cost Accounting Supervisor in 1985.
Ivan, Vera, and their oldest daughter moved to North Canton Ohio in 1990 to be closer to their son, granddaughters and two daughters. Ivan enjoyed his retirement, following the Yankees and college sports, perfecting his pancake making technique, maintaining his yard, He welcomed the addition of two sons in law and 3 more grandchildren. Ivan was an avid fan of his grandchildren's athletic pursuits. Ivan was a fan of Lawrence Welk, the Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. He enjoyed playing the lottery but never did hit "the big one". Ivan was independent to the end and always maintained his sense of humor. He passed away peacefully on July 6, 2012 to join his siblings, parents, wife, and two sons. He is survived by his three daughters and their families; Marline Carroll, Rita, Barry and Madison Sprang, Sandra, Robert, Jared, and Margaret Poorman and his granddaughters, Emily Davey and Caitlin Carroll. We sent him off with notes of our love, a handkerchief in each pocket (just in case), and astronaut ice cream. He was very deeply loved and will be missed, though the lessons he taught us all will stay with us always.