M. Carroll Valentine
95, of Green Township, Madison County, passed away at his lifetime farm home near Lapel on Saturday, August 24, 2013. He was born to Ferris and Rosella "Rosie" Valentine on April 10, 1918 in what remained his current home. Carroll worked his entire life on the family 1853 farm and purchased additional acreage so he and his sons could farm. The 1853 farm was homesteaded by his grandfather James Valentine deeded by Martin Van Buren. He graduated from Lapel High School in 1936 and went to work at Delco-Remy the next day after graduation, where he worked for 46.5 years. Initially assigned to the Blueprint Department, he completed numerous night school classes and moved up the salaried ranks. He retired in 1983 having served 35 of those years in the Sales Department, where he worked many years in middle-management. He married Freda Swift on March 4, 1944, recently celebrating their 69th year of marriage. Their children include Greg (Patty) Valentine, Susan (Paul) Madara and Doug (Bobbie) Valentine; grandchildren include, Stephanie Aley, Stacey Valentine, Shannon Valentine, Mike (Allison) Madara, Brian (Leah) Madara, Matthew (Elizabeth) Valentine, Sean (Jenny) Valentine, Jonathan (Lacey) Valentine and Patrick (Elizabeth) Valentine; great-grandchildren include Chantel Aley, Hannah Aley, Conner Marcum, Trey Howard, Mikaela Howard, Jaythan Howard, Teegan Madara, Ayla Madara, Sean Valentine, Sophia Valentine, Eve Valentine, Ella Valentine, William Valentine and Emma Valentine. Special friends include Vern and Joanie Petry and God-children, Dr. Kurt Petry, Jeff Petry and Jill Petry.
Carroll was a member of Cyntheanne Christian Church where he also attended as a child. He was re-baptized at age 85 by Pastor Larry Renihan.
Carroll believed in giving back to his community. He was appointed to the first South Madison Community School Board of Trustees where he represented Green Township serving a one year term; he then was elected to serve eight more years. He presided over the SMCSC board and was deeply involved with construction of the present PHHS building and East Elementary building projects. He also served for 29 years on the Madison County Planning Commission, presiding numerous years and assisted in compiling and adopting the first Madison County comprehensive planning and zoning codes.
In December he would have celebrated 72 years as a Freemason. He served the past ten years as Treasurer of Madison Lodge #44 of Pendleton. He was a member of the Valley of Indianapolis Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine of Indianapolis and Madison County Shrine Club. He served 30 years on the Madison County Scottish Rite membership development committee, serving as chairman numerous times. He served as Madison County Chairman of the Shriner's Crippled Children Program for 12 years. During that time he coordinated all patient hospital visits for over 150 children and scheduled all volunteer drivers. He helped raise the funds to purchase the first extended van for transporting children to the Chicago, Cincinnati and Lexington Shriner's Hospitals. In 1989 he attained the highest degree that can be awarded to a Scottish Rite Mason, that of Illustrious 33rd Degree. He was also involved in the Madison County Republican Party over the years, where he voted in every election since the 40's. He was elected to serve on the Green Township Trustee Advisory Board. He served as county campaign chairman for two terms for Dr. Otis Bowen's and Richard Lugar's county wide campaigns. On three occasions he was part of Ronald Reagan's statewide campaign funding, where he was able to dine with President to be Ronald Reagan.
He always bragged about his family and would spend hours telling stories to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His stories include farming with horses, getting the first 14hp tractor on the farm, living through the Great Depression and driving his $5 Model T Ford. He performed Top-Secret Classified work for the military at Delco-Remy during World War Two. He related stories of grandfather homesteading the farm, serving in the Civil War, meeting up with Sherman's Armies in Greenfield. He described the letters his grandfather sent home during his "March to the Sea" with Sherman. One of Carroll's fondest memories over the most recent few years involved meeting his favorite comedian "Red Skelton". Carroll and Freda were present for Red's 50 year Award of Gold as a Freemason.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Lahm Chapel , Pendleton, with Masonic Memorial Services at 6:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013 in Lahm Chapel performed by Pastor Larry Renihan. Carroll will be laid to rest next to his grandfather in Green Township's Pleasant Valley Cemetery (formerly known as Valentine/Pleasant Valley Cemetery).
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Shriner's Childrens Hospitals c/o Madison Masonic Lodge # 44, 5297 S. 800 W., Lapel, IN 46051.
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