CARROL VERTREES HOBART, IN Carrol Vertrees, 92, of Hobart, formerly of Merrillville, passed away June 9, 2014 with his family by his side. Carrol was born March 3, 1922 in Elnora, IN. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hobart, IN where he was still an active member of the choir. Congregation members in Hobart and his previous church in Merrillville remember his beautiful tenor voice carrying the solo in "O Holy Night" each Christmas. Carrol was most well known in the region for his work as a columnist at the Post Tribune. His first job in newspaper was for the Glen Park Herald. He was later hired by the Post-Tribune where he worked for over 35 years, beginning as a reporter and ending his career as a member of the editorial staff and columnist. He continued to write a weekly column well after retirement for the Post Tribune and Odon Journal, completing his last column only one week ago. Carrol attended Elnora High School where he played basketball for the Elnora Owls. He was a graduate of Indiana Central College (now the University of Indianapolis) and of the Indiana University School of Journalism where he earned his Master's Degree. He was also a World War II veteran having served his country overseas in the European Theater. Carrol was an active member of his church and community giving of himself over the years to organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Little League, community boards and in support of his alma mater the University of Indianapolis. He also taught Journalism part time at Indiana University Northwest and Valparaiso University. Carrol loved gardening, golfing and singing. Carrol was preceded in death by his parents: Damon and Mary (Cunningham) Vertrees; and a brother Leo (Clara) Vertrees. He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Martha ( nee Dennis) Vertrees; his loving children: Vicki Ward, Jonathan (Mara) Vertrees, Frederick Vertrees, and Rebecca (Dennis) Owen; six cherished grandchildren: Marisa, Annabelle, Eli, Savannah, Emily, and Lauren; and two great grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday, June 13, 2014 at The Burns Funeral Home, 701 East 7th St., Hobart, from 5:00-8:00 PM with a Prayer service at 7:30 PM. A Celebration of Life Service in his memory to be held Saturday at 10:30 AM at the First United Methodist Church, 654 E. 4th St. Hobart, IN officiated by Reverend Rebecca L. Smith. For further information, please call Savich & Semplinski Funeral Directors at Burns Funeral Home (219) 769-0044.In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made to the Ronald McDonald House or
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Burns Funeral Home & Crematory
701 East 7th Street
Hobart, IN 46342
Published in The Times on June 12, 2014