July 29, 2013
Roger W. O'Tool, 82, of Glidden, Iowa, died peacefully on Friday, July 26, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.
Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Glidden with Father Andrew Hoffman as celebrant assisted by Deacon Gary Schon. Lector will be Jacob Kennebeck, and gift bearers will be Alexis Free and Dan Clausen. Music will be by Mary Ross and Mike Bolton. Special musical selections will be by Johnathan and Jennifer Free. Casket bearers will be Corey O'Tool, Jacob Winker, Michael O'Tool, Christopher O'Tool Jordan O'Tool, and Rick Whitaker.
Burial will be in the Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery near Glidden.
Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden where there will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. by the parish. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.
Born July 7, 1931, at Auburn, Iowa, he was a son of William and Coletta (Schelle) O'Tool. Roger grew up near Breda and attended school in Auburn. Following school he farmed with his father for a time and moved to Omaha where he worked for Purina Feed. He moved back to Carroll and drove a taxi for Carroll Cab Company.
He was married to Delores Meister on Jan. 4, 1950. To this union were born four children: John, Larry, Dennis and Sharon. The family lived at and operated the Carroll Courts Motel west of town for many years. During this time Roger also worked as a dispatcher for the Carroll Police Department and later became a deputy sheriff for Carroll County. He later owned and operated the Attic Lounge in Glidden for many years and retired at age 62. In retirement he drove school bus for Glidden-Ralston School District part time.
Roger was a member of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Glidden. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, working in his yard, feeding birds and squirrels with the feeders he made, and he was a NASCAR fan. Roger especially enjoyed spending time with his family, his grandchildren and his many good friends.
Roger is survived by his wife, Carol O'Tool, of Glidden; a daughter, Sharon Winker, and her special friend Jim Gorby of Scranton, Iowa; two sons: Larry O'Tool and his wife, Vicki, of Arcadia, Iowa, and Dennis O'Tool and his wife, Cathy, of Des Moines, Iowa; five grandchildren: Corey O'Tool and his wife, Tina, Michael O'Tool, Christopher O'Tool and his wifem Leah, Jacob Winker and his wife, Lisa, and T.J. Rudd; six great-grandchildren: Jordan, Sierra, Deserae, Victoria, Rebecca and Cody; a sister, Iva Boisen, of Sac City, Iowa; a brother, Melvin O'Tool, and his wife, Joyce, of Boone, Iowa; his father-in-law, John Arrowsmith, and his wife, Dee, of Glidden; four sisters-in-law: Linda Free and her husband, Allen, of Fort Collins, Colo., Joni Bock and Charlie Bock of Carroll, Iowa, JoAnn Clausen of Glidden and Dorothy O'Tool of Odebolt, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Ralph Gross, of Omaha, Neb.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Arnim and Lowell O'Tool; two sisters: Dorothy Pollman and Darlene Gross; a son John in infancy, and a grandson Timothy in infancy.