---- — SHOW LOW, Ariz. — Carl Herman Babcock, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at the Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low, Ariz., from complications of Parkinson's and congestive heart disease. He was 88-years-old.
Carl was born in Alma to his parents, the late Frederick Coleman and Lillian May (Markum) Babcock.
Carl spent his working career as a skilled craftsman and painter in Michigan and Arizona until his retirement in 1999, after which he and his wife moved to Show Low, Ariz.
Carl was an avid hunter and fisherman in his younger years. He was a gentleman of generous spirit and a sense of humor, had a steady, loving gaze and sweet smile, and always ready with a "corny" joke, yet well respected among his peers as a man who believed "the quality of the man shows in the quality of his work".
Carl is survived by his wife, Shirley Anne Babcock, of Show Low, Ariz.; four daughters, Mona Lucille Moxley, of Mena, Ark., Janice Louise Timmer, of Hudsonville, Bethany Ruth Purcell, of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Carla Annette Evans, of Interlochen; two sons, Eric Carl Babcock, of Buckley, and Steven Wesley Babcock, of Arizona City, Ariz.; and two stepsons, Richard Keith Deskins, of Farmington, and Matthew Owen O'Neal, of Mt. Clemens. Carl is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gala (Shann) Babcock; two daughters, Carolyn Joy Fuller and Gala Colleen VanTil; and two sons, Jeffery Mark Babcock and Jonathan David Babcock.
A special memorial service for Carl will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at the Campbell Stocking Family Funeral Home, 408 W. Main Street, Farwell, MI; (989) 588-4541. Family visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m., with a memorial service at 11 a.m.
The Babcock family is thankful for all the expressions of sympathy they have received from their community of friends and are especially grateful for all of the prayers offered up on their behalf.