John "Jack" Carroll

July 24, 1938 ~ May 13, 2018 (age 79)
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John "Jack" Carroll, 79, of Dublin, OH, passed away surrounded by family on May 13, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Jack will be cremated and his remains brought back to his hometown of Rock Island, IL.  A memorial visitation will take place on Friday May 18, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home in Rock Island at 3030 -7th Ave.   All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jack’s life at a mass service at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at St. Pius Church in Rock Island, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Rock Island High School Booster’s Club, Alleman High School or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Jack was born on July 24, 1938 in Moline, Illinois to his parents, Fred and Betty Carroll.  He graduated from Rock Island High School in 1956 and Western Illinois University in 1960 with a degree in Secondary Education. Jack was not only an all-honors student but an outstanding athlete in football, basketball, and baseball.  He started his teaching career shortly after graduation as well as a long time coaching tenure with football and baseball at the Junior High and High School level.  He devoted many years as the head varsity baseball coach for Rock Island High School and was always held in high esteem by former players.  In addition to coaching, he officiated football, basketball, and baseball at the high school, college and semi-pro level.

On July 6, 1963, he married the love of his life, Marlyne Wells in Rock Island, Illinois.  They would have been married 55 years this July.  On his last days, he could still vividly recall the first time they met and always referred to Marlyne as his lovely bride.  Jack fully embraced the sacrament of marriage as a loyal and loving husband.  Jack and Marlyne raised 5 children in Rock Island, Illinois.  Jack was a devoted and loving father who actively participated in all of his children’s endeavors.

Jack enjoyed fishing, camping, bowling and golf.  He was an avid Cubs fan and was overjoyed when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016.  One of Jack’s greatest accomplishments was raising money and personally helping to build, along with his assistant coach, Al Gorgal, the first baseball field on the grounds of Rock Island High School. Jack said, “We had to have a place for the kids to be able to play on their own high school field”. Anyone that knew him all said the same thing - Jack was an honest man with a heart of gold that saw the good in everyone.

Jack is survived by his wife, Marlyne, of Dublin, OH; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Lynda Carroll of Geneseo, IL; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Peggy Carroll of Grand Island, NE; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Lisa Carroll of Milan, Illinois; daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Thomas Stalf of Ostrander, OH; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Heather Carroll of Moline, IL; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Jennifer Carroll of Milan, IL and fourteen grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Patricia Thieme.

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