He graduated from McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio and graduated from the University of Cincinnati as a Civil Engineer in 1941. He also attended Wooster College and Kent State University in Ohio and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1941 he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Naval reserve, served in World War II from 1941-1946 mostly in the Naval Air Transport Service and the West Coast Base Service Unit and he continued in the active reserve and retired in 1967 with the rank of Commander, USN. He worked several years with his father, a construction contractor in Canton, Ohio and after military service became the Engineer fro the Metal Lath Manufacturers Association in Cleveland, Ohio.
On August 27, 1949, he married Dorothy Anderson from New Jersey, a former WAVE that he met at the U.S. Naval Air Station (Floyd Bennett Field) Brooklyn, New York. In 1952 he joined the J.E. Greiner Co. of Baltimore, General Consultants for the Ohio Turnpike and Indiana Toll Road projects and in 1957 moved from South Bend, Indiana to Lansing, Michigan to be an engineer with the Michigan Department of Highways. He retired in April 1980 after 22 years, primarily as Coordinating Engineer for Design Projects and a Right-of-Way Engineering Specialist. He was a registered Engineer in Ohio and Michigan. He was an active member in the Michigan State Employee Retirees Association (President in 1987 and was currently serving as President) and was Travel Editor for the SERA-NADE, the State Employee Retirees Coordinating Council, the BPO Elks Lodge #196, American Legion Post #530, the Reserve Officers Association, a charter member of Les Danseurs Ballroom Dance Club (President 1967-69), Lansing Civic Players, the Transportation Men’s Club, a 45-consecutive-year member of the Highway Transportation golf and 37 years in bowling league, the Naval Air Transport Service Inc., the Military Officers Association of America and the Unity Church of Greater Lansing. He owned a number of income properties in Lansing and was a photographer for several organizations. Carroll loved to travel, especially on cruises and he and Dotty went on 16 cruises and he took some of his children and grandchildren on three more cruises; also was proud to have set foot in all 50 states and many foreign countries.
Carroll was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Reed. He is survived by his three daughters, Donna L. Peterman (Glenn Lopez), Nancy C. Binkley (Bruce Cole) and Marilyn K. Reed (husband, Darryl Smith) and son Curtis S. Reed (Mylene Lintz), all of Lansing, plus seven grandchildren: Shannon, William (wife, Mandy) and Molly Peterman; and Kyle (wife, Kendra), Sean (wife, Erin) and Casey (Robert Casler) Binkley, and Isabel Reed, one great-granddaughter Layla Jane Binkley, a sister Corinne Abatt of Beverly Hills, Michigan, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held Friday, November 19, 2010 at Noon at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Contributions may be made to Michigan Special Olympics Area 8 and American Legion Post #530.