Thomas C. Roll, 84, of Bellefontaine, went to be with Lord on Monday morning, March 4, 2013. He was born at his grandmother’s house in Piqua, Ohio on June 29, 1928 to the late Paul F. and Margaret A. Cooper Roll. His mother preceded him in death on February 22, 1983 and his father preceded him in death on December 13, 1984. Tom married the former Marjorie H. (Miller) Homan on March 12, 1949 in Covington, Kentucky and she preceded him in death on July 31, 2006.
Tom is survived by a son Robert F. Roll of Bellefontaine; 2 daughters LuAnn (Bill) Troyer of Huntsville and Nancy B. (Shannon) Sheeley of Bellefontaine; and step-son Gary A. (Barb) Homan of Marysville; a grandson Christian C. (Melissa) Roll of West Liberty; granddaughter Mande M. (Dustin) Postle of Bellefontaine; two step-grandsons, 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 step-great-grandsons, Jerome A. “Jerry” Homan and Christian J. Postle; three step-great-granddaughters, Violet S. Homan, Baylee Costello and Emily S. Postle; special friend Pauline and her late husband Sid Kerns; and a brother Paul F. “Jack” Roll of Toledo.
Tom was a 1946 graduate of Belle Center High School and was baptized in the Belle Center Church of Christ on December 14, 1941. 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, he retired December 31, 1991. After retirement, Tom 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, and he was a life member of the Logan County Genealogical Society. Tom was also a long time member of the Logan County Democratic Central & Executive Committees.
In November 2001, Tom was the recipient of 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 greatly be missed by his family.
Pastor Eric Cook will officiate a funeral service at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12 noon. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.