Carroll, Joseph F. Jr.
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89, of Iron Mountain, MI passed away on February 19, 2014. A long time resident of Scottsdale and Mesa, Arizona, he passed away at home with family at his side in Iron Mountain, where he lived his later years. He was born Jan. 25, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, son of the late Joseph F. and Eva (Hedberg) Carroll. He attended St. George Catholic High School, where he excelled scholastically and was elected Class President. He attended Northwestern University, where he enrolled in the Naval ROTC program during World War II, and ultimately returned to graduate with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. After joining the Navy in 1943, he was stationed at Barber's Point, Hawaii, assisting pilots to learn night landings. He was later deployed aboard the destroyer, USS Saufley, and went on to serve in the Naval Reserves for 20 years, retiring as a Lieutenant. After the war and college, he was employed by Chrysler in Michigan and then returned to operate Edgewater Auto Parts, on the north side of Chicago. He married and, by the early 60's, moved his family to Arizona, where he founded Advance Auto Supply and Tri-City Automotive Warehouse, both of which he operated with his brother, Bill, and later with his son, David, until retirement. He was dedicated to his work and family and was well respected by all as a leader in his field. Personally, he enjoyed sports such as bowling and golf. He will be greatly missed and always in our hearts. He is survived by his children, Leslie Melde of Paradise Valley, David of Gilbert, and Steven of Michigan, by six grandchildren, David, Jason, January, Andrew, Christa, and Adam, five great grandchildren, and his younger brother, William and family, of Chandler. Memorial service will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. on Tue., April 8th, at 2:00pm., with a reception at the Capital Grille on the SE corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Frank Lloyd Wright (Bell) after the service.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 5, 2014