Carl "Pap" Lawrence First, 83, of Louisville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Aultman Compassionate Care Center.
Carl was born in Canton on Sept. 13, 1929, a son of the late Anna (Gill) and Carl First. He was a foreman on the Pennsylvania Railroad and served in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean War.
Carl is survived by four sons, James (Patricia) First of New Franklin, Larry (Denise) First of Kansas City, Mo., Robert (Cindy) First of Minerva, and Rodney First, of Denton, Texas; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; special granddaughter Kayelee Lewis; a sister, Rosemary Blythe of Minerva; a brother, Harvey (Joyce) First of Canton; special friend, Phyllis Lewis of Louisville; step-daughters, Teresa (Robert Petry) Lewis of Louisville, Linda Bright of Valley View, Texas, Kathy Freeman of Paoli, Ind., Theresa Ashby of Soda Springs, Idaho, Sandy Hammer of Crossroads, Texas, and Sue Throop, Soda Springs, Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by a son, Carl; a daughter Heidi; step-daughter, Mary Maceda; brother, Virgil; and sisters, Anna Mary Colridge, and Betty Ellsworth.
Following cremation a memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bartley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 255, Minerva, Ohio, 44657 to help defray funeral expenses. Friends may express condolences online at the website, www.bartleyfuneralhome.com.