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Robert A. Carollo
December 22, 1942 ~ November 13, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Robert A. “Bob” Carollo of Norwalk, and formerly of Austin, TX, passed away on November 13, 2023 at The Willows at Bellevue.
Bob was born December 22, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY the son of Alphonsus “Al” and Clorinda “Claire” (Antonone) Carollo. They moved from New York to Colorado then settled in Sun Valley, CA where Bob grew up surfing and snow skiing. He graduated from John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in 1960. He went to college at San Fernando Valley State College, earning an Associates and BA degree in Education.
After teaching for a couple of years, he joined the US Navy. Bob served from 1968-1973 as a pilot on the USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in 1973.
His Navy flight training paved a career as a commercial airlines pilot, starting at Western airlines and retiring from Delta after 30 years combined service in 2002. In 1985 he started a flight training school in Los Angeles, CA called North American Airline Training Group, which he and his wife, Dianne, ran for 11 years.
Bob was passionate about many things; flying, traveling, music, cars, yard work and wood working. But in later years it was his wife and his grandchildren that brought him much joy, he would light up in their presence.
Bob is survived by his wife of almost 32 years, Dianne (Zilch) Carollo; son, Christian (Rachel) Carollo of Austin, TX; step-son, Chris (Nicole) Richmond of Topeka, KS; step-daughter, Jackie (Tory) Woodard of Bellevue, OH; grandchildren, Jackson and Emily Carollo and Miles Woodard. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will take place on Friday, November 17, 2023 from 4-7pm at the Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castalia St., Bellevue, OH. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 11am in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Southern Care Hospice, 9501 US Hwy 250 N, Ste 2, Milan, OH 44846 or the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.com). Bob’s family would like to thank the staff of The Willows and Southern Care Hospice for their compassionate care. Auxter Funeral Home, Bellevue is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.auxterfuneralhomes.com