Gilbert J. Carroll Jr. of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., passed away Oct. 30, 2018, in his home surrounded and cared for by his loving family.
He was born on the family farm, Dec. 27, 1922 in Hartland, Ill., to Gilbert J. and Rose A. (McCabe) Carroll. Following his military service in the Army during WWII and upon completion of his college degree from the University of Illinois, he married Bonnie J. Ferguison on Feb.18, 1950, in St. Patrick’s Church in Hartland.
They began married life in Woodstock, and his career in sales with Kraft Foods took them to Chicago, Rockford, Elk Grove Village, and ultimately to Wiesbaden, Germany, where he worked for eight years. He and Bonnie retired to Ponte Vedra Beach, where he enjoyed golf, reading, studying a good balance sheet, and sipping a fine scotch on the back porch in the evening. He will be remembered for his strength of character, strong positive attitude and gentlemanly ways.
He is survived by his daughter, Maureen Bridget Farris of Ponte Vedra Beach; a son, Michael T. (Darla) Carroll of Manawa, Wis.; three grandchildren, Edward Farris of Ponte Vedra Beach, Ryan Carroll of Manawa, Nathaniel Carroll of Winneconne; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Julia Ann Howell; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 50 years, Bonnie; brothers John and Edward Carroll; an infant brother; and a son-in-law, Bryce Farris.
A gathering of friends and relatives will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 Lincoln Ave., in Woodstock from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Funeral Mass. Interment will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Woodstock.
For information, contact the Schneider Leucht Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710, or visit www.slmcfh.com.