Carroll R. Waltz, 94, of Shelbyville passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Franciscan Health Indianapolis.
He was born May 29, 1925, in Shelbyville, the son of Oscar and Hattie (Winterrowd) Waltz. On July 1, 1951, he married Marjorie J. Yarling, and she preceded him in death on June 8, 1993. Carroll married Erma J. (Hammond) Hamby on January 24, 1998, and she preceded him in death on August 30, 2013.
Carroll is survived by his daughters, Nisa Hensley and husband, David, of Shelbyville, and Debra Cummins and husband, Dale, of Liberty; son, Phillip Waltz and wife, Teresa, of Shelbyville; step-son, Stephen Hamby and wife, Kendra, of Ocala, Florida; sister, Evelyn Stroup; grandchildren, Staci Carmony and husband, Todd, and Craig Waltz and wife, Desiree’; step-grandchildren, Mariah Hamby, Donovan Hamby and Nathan Hamby; great-grandchildren, Jace Wilcox, Jax Wilcox and Charlotte Waltz; step-great-grandson, Tyler Carmony; brother-in-law, Wayne Yarling and wife, Mary; nephews, Rick Yarling and wife, Julie, and Stan Yarling and wife, Andrea; and close friends, Rita Messmore, and Bud and Joan Field.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Jay Stroup; niece, Nancy Stroup Sellers; nephew, Gene Stroup; and cousin, Royse Waltz.
Carroll was a devoted, 83 year member of Mount Gilead Baptist Church where he was baptized at age 11 and later served as a trustee and in other roles. He graduated in 1943 from Mount Auburn High School and was a lifelong grain and livestock farmer.
Carroll worked hard to provide for his family and made time to be involved in school & church activities with his children. He helped Marjorie with many home and wood refinishing projects.
Upon semi-retiring in 1998, Carroll enjoyed many travels with Erma, Bud & Joan and new friends. He was an avid college and pro basketball fan and loved to talk about the games.
Carroll could frequently be seen walking down the road to get his exercise, or riding his John Deere gator to check out the crops and the cows.
He enjoyed fried chicken and cherry pie and to “take a short ride” to see the countryside (which often meant stopping for ice cream)!
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the funeral home.
Interment will be at Miller Cemetery in Shelby County.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Gilead Baptist Church, 4449 S. Smithland Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.
Online condolences may be shared with Carroll’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.