Dr. Thomas J. Carroll, 87, of Sibley, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, at Osceola Community Hospital, Sibley.
Born Feb. 26, 1919, in Lowell, Mass., he was the son of John T. and Anna Marie Murphy Carroll. He married Helen Horton in Sibley in 1945. She died in 1999.
He graduated from high school in Lowell. He attended Iowa State University, completed his pre-medical coursework at Cornell University and later graduated from Iowa State. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1948 and interned at St. Joseph Hospital, Sioux City, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army in the reserves in 1941, and in 1943 was activated into a field artillery unit. Later, he transferred to a medical unit. He was recalled to service in the U.S. Air Force as a medical officer in the Korean War from 1950 to 1951, when he served in Japan. After returning to Sibley, he practiced medicine in a solo practice until his retirement in 1984. He was a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a charter diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice. He was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians in 2001. He was a past president and lieutenant governor of the Kiwanis Club; a board member, president and later chairman of the Osceola Community Hospital Foundation Board; and a board member and president of the McCallum Museum, Sibley. He co-chaired the committee that raised the funds for a memorial for the veterans of Osceola County. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, Sibley, where he served as a lay minister, CCD teacher and lector, and of the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight. He volunteered daily for 18 years at Franklin Elementary School and helped middle-schoolers needing additional assistance with assignments. He authored “From Saddle Bags to Helicopters,” a short history of medical care in Osceola County, 1871-1996. He recently researched and wrote a current history of the Osceola Community Hospital and of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. He was awarded the Tradition of Caring Jefferson Award for Public Service by KELOLAND TV and Toshiba Business Solutions in 2004, and was recognized as an “Unsung Hero” in the Senior Category for his extraordinary citizen service to his community.
Surviving are eight children; Dr. Kathryn G. Carroll, Wilmington, Del., Mary Pat (Mike) Davis, Dunwoody, Ga., Dr. Thomas J. (Jean) Carroll, Sioux City; Barbara A. (Chris) Nelson, Stanton, Iowa; Dr. John R. (Nicole) Carroll, Carroll, Iowa; Theresa Carroll, Signal Hill, Calif., James Carroll, Coralville, Iowa, and Stephen Carroll, Los Angeles; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and special friend Mary Jane Jobes, Sibley, Iowa.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m., a 5 p.m. rosary and a 7 p.m. vigil service, at Walton-Roste Funeral Home, Sibley.
The service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Sibley, with the Rev. Clair Boes and the Rev. Timothy Hogan officiating. Burial with military honors will be in St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery, Sibley.
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