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Jack Guy Carlton1,2

Male
b. 29 January 1910, d. 5 October 2002


Family Mary Ellen Emmons b. 29 September 1913, d. 7 May 2004
Marriage* circa 1934  Summit Co., OH, Principal=Mary Ellen Emmons1 
Children  1. David E. Carlton b. Nov 1934
  2. Nancy Lou Carlton b. Jan 1936
  3. Marcia Jean Carlton b. c 1946
  4. Robert Philip Carlton b. Sep 1947

Birth* 29 January 1910  3,1 
Marriage* circa 1934  Summit Co., OH, Principal=Mary Ellen Emmons1 
Death* 5 October 2002  Cuyahoga Falls, Summit Co., OH3,1 
SSN* 5 October 2002  Jack CARLTON
Birth Date: 29 Jan 1910
Death Date: 5 Oct 2002
Social Security Number: 298-01-1201
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Ohio
Death Residence Localities
ZIP Code: 44223
Localities: Cuyahoga Falls, Summit, Ohio3 
News/Obit* 7 October 2002  Jack A. Carlton

Jack A. Carlton, 92, passed away Oct. 5, 2002.

Funeral announcements later. (Billow FALLS Chapel, 330-867-4141.)

Appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal (OH), October 7, 20021 
News/Obit 8 October 2002  Jack Carlton

Jack Carlton passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002.

Jack leaves behind his wife, Mary Ellen Carlton (nee Emmons), after 68 wonderful years of marriage; his children, David E. (Margaret) of Montgomery, Ala., Nancy Gruber of Akron, Robert P. (Mary) of North Canton, and Marcia Keating (Michael) of Marysville; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Christine Grace Carlton.

Jack retired after 29 years as an Akron police officer, and at 92 was the oldest retired policeman. He worked four years for Roadway Express as a safety director and was former Akron Mayor John Ballard's deputy service director for six years. He was a member of the Akron Crime Clinic, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Henry Perkins Masonic Lodge for 65 years.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9, at the First Christian Church of Cuyahoga Falls, with Rev. Edwin Shriver officiating. Private inurnment at Chestnut Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends after the service in the church social hall. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Cuyahoga Falls, 2253 Third St., Cuyahoga Falls 44223. (Billow FALLS Chapel

330-867-4141.)

Please sign the guestbook at www.ohio.com/obituaries

Appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal (OH), October 8-9, 20021 
Burial* 9 October 2002  Chestnut Hill Memorial Park, Cuyahoga Falls, Summit Co., OH1 
News/Obit 9 October 2002  RESPECTED POLICEMAN DEAD AT 92

JACK CARLTON SERVED AS LEAD INVESTIGATOR IN MAJOR CRIME CASES
A little bit of history died with Jack Carlton, who was the oldest retired Akron policeman at age 92. He died Saturday.

Mr. Carlton worked on the force for 29 years, worked four years for Roadway Express as a safety director and was former Akron Mayor John Ballard's deputy service director for six years.

He worked at Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., but quit when the company wanted to transfer him to Massachusetts. He joined the police department because it was said to be a sure job during the Depression.

While on the police force, he was bumped from the draft during World War II and chosen to work with the FBI for home protection, studying subversive activities.

Bob Carlton said his father had a remarkable memory and used to mesmerize family and friends with police stories.

"He worked long hours sometimes, but he never came home frustrated," Bob Carlton said. "He shared the fun things or the fascinating stories."

As lead investigator in many of Akron's major criminal cases, some of those stories made the detective magazines. One of the cases became an Alfred Hitchcock episode.

The case involved a young woman practicing the organ at a church in the late 1930s. The custodian grabbed her, molested her and murdered her, then threw her in the furnace. The next day the church was a little too hot and someone was sent to turn down the furnace: That's when the woman's body was discovered.

Mr. Carlton had a good rapport with many of the criminals he arrested. The family said he would often receive letters and greeting cards from them.

Retired Capt. Jack Cunningham said his former police sergeant became good friends with a career criminal he put in prison.

"He helped him get a job when he got out, too," Cunningham said. "But that was the way he was. You could be friends with him if you were a decent person; if not, he didn't have anything to do with you."

He was like a father to many police officers. He learned police work the old-fashioned way -- on the streets.

"He knew about things because he had a lot of experience," said retired policeman Bruce Van Horn, who was a rookie when he worked with Sgt. Carlton. "He talked the talk but he also walked the walk."

Mr. Carlton was tall (about 6 feet 4 inches) and lanky. He played football and basketball in high school. He even boxed at the old Akron Armory. He attended North High School but graduated from Mantua, where his family moved for a couple of years to live with relatives. He worked on their farm to help make ends meet.

He met his wife, Mary Ellen (Emmons), in summer school. Both were taking algebra. He was taking the class to get into the University of Akron. She was taking it to catch up with her schoolwork after she had taken off weeks because of tuberculosis.

They married in 1934, and were married for 68 years.

Friends and relatives say Mr. Carlton was a talented woodcarver, making grandfather clocks, statues, spinning wheels, animals and birds. He also painted. His specialty was landscapes and still life.

"Dad wanted to be an engineer and engineer types are detailed," said his oldest son, David. "He had a good eye for details. He could look at a block of wood and see birds. He was a perfectionist. He was inquisitive, and when he was interested in something, he studied and read about it and learned that way. He had no formal training in those areas."

His daughter, Marcia Keating of Marysville, described her father as tender, loyal, protective, dependable and an excellent role model for the family. "We have a wonderful, loving family. He set the standard for us all."

She said her sister Nancy paints, her older brother David builds model airplanes and her brother Bob is talented in communications. "My dad really knew how to talk with people and make them feel comfortable."

His children said their mother would use the phrase "Wait until your father comes home," but they rarely got out of line.

"We didn't ever want to embarrass him by getting in trouble," David said.

Appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal (OH), October 9, 20021 

Citations
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  2. [S458] People Finders.Com, online http://www.peoplefinders.com.
  3. [S129] SSDI Death Index,.


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