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Thomas C. Roll

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Thomas C. Roll, 84, of Bellefontaine, went to be with the Lord on Monday morning, March 4, 2013.

He was born at his grandmother’s house in Piqua on June 29, 1928, to the late Paul F. and Margaret A. Cooper Roll. His mother preceded him in death Feb. 22, 1983, and his father on Dec. 13, 1984.

Tom married the former Marjorie H. Miller Homan on March 12, 1949, in Covington, Ky., and she preceded him in death July 31, 2006.

Survivors include a son, Robert F. Roll of Bellefontaine; two daughters, LuAnn (Bill) Troyer of Huntsville and Nancy B. (Shannon) Sheeley of Bellefontaine; a stepson, Gary A. (Barb) Homan of Marysville; a grandson, Christian C. (Melissa) Roll of West Liberty; granddaughter, Mande M. (Dustin) Postle of Bellefontaine; two stepgrandsons, John C. Homan of Marysville and Justin A. (Amy) Homan of Canal Winchester; three great-granddaughters, Ryelee C. Clary, Emily V. Roll and Adison H. Postle; one great-grandson, Carson R. Roll; two great-stepgrandsons, Jerome A. “Jerry” Homan and Christian J. Postle; three great-stepgranddaughters, Violet S. Homan, Baylee Costello and Emily S. Postle; special friend, Pauline (late husband Sid) Kerns; and a brother, Paul F. “Jack” Roll of Toledo.

A 1946 graduate of Belle Center High School, Tom was baptized in the Belle Center Church of Christ on Dec. 14, 1941. He retired Dec. 31, 1991, after 44 years of service as a New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail locomotive engineer, and as a general chairperson of the United Transportation Union, with an office in Indianapolis.

After retirement, he enjoyed traveling in all 50 states and 84 countries, as well as tracing the family genealogy. He was a member of the Friendly Senior Center, the Logan County Historical Society, a life member of the Logan County Genealogical Society and was a longtime member of the Logan County Democratic Central and Executive Committees.

In November 2001, he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the American Red Cross for having donated blood 114 times. He was a good and honest person who loved life to the fullest and will be missed greatly by his family.

Pastor Eric Cook officiates a funeral at noon Thursday at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where visitation is one hour prior. Burial is in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

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