TBDBITL Alumni Club

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Carl Kenneth Conlin

January 23, 1938 - October 7, 2022

Carl Kenneth Conlin, 84, formerly of El Mirage, Arizona, and Sandusky, passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, after a fall in his home.

Carl was born January 23, 1938, in Lima, Ohio, to the late William S. and Eva Gertrude (Perky) Ramga. In 1951, he was adopted by the late Henry T. Conlin, his stepfather.

Carl graduated from Sandusky High School in 1956 where he was on the very first SHS wrestling team and played upright bass and sang in the first Sandus-Keynotes ensemble. During band in 1957, he fell in love with Ruth Elenor Lane. They were married in June, 1958, as he was pursuing a Bachelor's in Music from The Ohio State University, graduating in 1960. While at OSU, Carl was a proud member of The Ohio State Marching Band (TBDBITL). From 1960-1965, Carl was a band director and counselor at Bucyrus and Toledo Rogers High Schools while completing a Master in Arts from OSU in 1965. Ruth and Carl had their three children during his teaching career and decided to move back home to Sandusky, where Carl started a career with Ford Motor Company in 1965. For 31 years, he worked in the areas of Health and Safety, Labor Negotiations, and Human Resources while working on his Master of Business Administration at Ashland College in 1984. He was an adjunct professor at Ashland College. Carl coached Babe Ruth baseball in Sandusky and officiated many high school football and basketball games in northern Ohio. Carl and Ruth were members of Columbus Ave UMC, where he directed the choir. After retiring to El Mirage, Arizona, they became members of Christ Community Church. Carl headed the church council and directed the choir. Ruth taught ceramics and Carl golfed attaining a hole-in-one twice.

Carl is survived by his eldest son, Robert (Beverly) of Sandusky; daughter, Cheryl (David) Jurgens of Gilbert, Arizona; youngest son, Kenneth (Diane) of Sheffield; six grandchildren, Ryan (Sean) McGrath, Aaron (Candace) Conlin, Tyler Conlin, Mallory Conlin, Kristen (Patrick) Elliott, and Autumn (Charlie) Stuart; great-granddaughter, Harper Conlin; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert (Ellie) Lane; three nieces; two nephews; and many close friends and extended family.

In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Conlin in December, 2019; and sister-in-law, Shirley Lentz and her husband, Eugene.

Due to Carl and Ruth's close loving relationship and request, we will be celebrating their lives together.

Friends may call 9 am Friday, October 28, 2022, until the time of the funeral at 11 am at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 East Perkins Ave, Sandusky. Pastor Erin Porter will officiate. Burial will follow at Perkins Cemetery, Sandusky.

Those wishing to contribute to Carl and Ruth's memories may do so to Columbus Avenue United Methodist Church, 2401 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, Ohio, 44870, or American Cancer Society, 10501 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio, 44035.

Condolences may be shared online at www.grofffuneralhomes.com.

Carl was a member of the marching band from 1956 through 1960. He played Baritone in M-Row.