Don E. Carroll, Sr., 89, Rock Port, Mo., died Aug. 19, 2012 at Heartland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, Mo. The son of Louis and Mary (Heckel) Carroll, he was born Jan. 20, 1923, in Iowa City, Iowa. He attended high school in Hamburg, graduating in 1941.
On Aug. 14, 1941, Don entered the United States Navy and served his country as a naval aviator on the U.S.S. Boston and U.S.S. New Jersey.
On July 4, 1943, Don married Helen Lucille Sliger at the First Christian Church in Rock Port, Mo. They made their home in Los Angeles and were both employed by American Airlines for more than 20 years.
They were blessed to have “traveled the world,” spending time in numerous countries such as England, France, Germany, Bavaria, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Spain, China, Hong Kong and many others. Don and Helen later lived in Arizona, where at the age of 65, enjoyed riding motorcycles in the desert.
They owned a travel trailer and pulled it throughout the United States and enjoyed fishing in the Northwestern parts of the country.
It was an adjustment getting used to staying home following their move back to Rock Port. They kept busy by taking cruises around town, playing bingo every week and never missing their granddaughters’ sporting events.
After Helen’s death Aug. 2, 2007, Don kept busy by being a super great-grandpa. He even passed on the game of crazy eights to his great-granddaughter Alyssa.
Don was thankful to have close friends like Colin Pritt to keep him company and reminisce over old war stories, and his little rascal poodle named “Cappy” (Captain) by his side.
Don was a member of the First Christian Church, North Star Masonic Lodge #157 A.F. & A.M., and Ralph Greer American Legion Post #49, all of Rock Port.
Besides his parents and wife, Helen, Don was preceded in death by son Donald Carroll, Jr.
Survivors include son Richard Carroll, Rock Port; granddaughters Teresa Carroll and partner Christopher Grawe, Kansas City, Mo., and Donna Pritt and husband, Derrick, St. Joseph; great-grandchildren Alyssa Dawn and Aiden Pritt, St. Joseph; daughter-in-law Alicia Carroll, St. Joseph; sister Janie Lorimer, Tulsa, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside service was Aug. 23 at Greenhill Cemetery, Rock Port.
Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church, Rock Port.
Online obituaries and condolences are at www.minterfuneralchapels.com.
Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port, was in charge of arrangements.