LIMA — Donald Carolus, of Lima, celebrated his 90th birthday June 20, 2014. A party was held for him at Perry High School.
He was born June 20, 1924 in Lima, to Milo and Bertha (Theising) Carolus. On Nov. 25, 1942, he married Helen Wolfe, and she died April 10, 2007.
Carolus is a veteran of WWII, serving in the China-Burma-India theatre of operations. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
After his discharge, he worked for the Standard Oil Company, retiring in 1982 from BP Petroleum Co. with 36 years of service.
Carolus has five children, Sheran (Jim) Wibright, of Atwater, CA, Connie Mortimer and Deb (Larry) Sidener, both of Cridersville, Jeff (Ann) Carolus and Jan (Darrell) Campbell, both of Lima. He has 15 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
He is a 50+ year member of Rousculp Church of Christ, where he taught Sunday School and served as a deacon and elder and was a member of their board. He still attends.
Carolus is a lifetime member of the Lima VFW post 1275 and American Legion. He swims weekly at the water aerobics class at Howard Johnson in Lima. He is and has always been an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman. He raised beagles for a short time which he both sold and used for hunting. He often holds “family fish fries” inviting family and extended family to enjoy his catch.
He is a prolific reader, particularly enjoying western novels and mysteries. Many family members benefit from his book list, exchanging books and often having discussions about their content and relative value.
Carolus restored a 1946 Willy’s Jeep and has displayed it both for educational purposes for his granddaughter and in parades in Allen County. Sometimes, he just takes his kids and/or grandkids for rides, especially to enjoy the woodlands on his son and his daughters’ properties.
He makes a point of seeing his friends weekly, usually for breakfast or for lunch. He visits buddies who can no longer drive and has been known to drive them to appointments or meals. He sees his family on a regular basis and loves to play with the little ones.
Carolus’ love of his wife and his devotion to her and to the rest of his family taught his family all the meaning of faithfulness.