By Melody Vallieu
He was a freckle-faced boy with noticably red hair.
He was a picky eater that loved his pet Spike and the outdoors.
But on Sunday, his life came to an end.
Aiden Ray Carroll, 10, of Troy, lost his life to a familiar struggle — asthma.
Tillie Bolin of Sidney, Aiden’s aunt, said the boy had conquered asthma with the aid of breathing treatments and inhalers his entire life — until Sunday night.
“But this one was just too much,” Bolin said of Aiden’s death Sunday in the Emergency Room of Upper Valley Medical Center.
Aiden shared the disease with his mother and grandmother, both of whom preceded him in death.
Nickole Carnes, also an aunt, said Aiden’s father, Rob, wants the world to remember Aiden’s smile.
“His dad wanted us to remember he had a little cock-eyed grin,” Carnes said.
Bolin said Aiden, his dad Rob, and sister Makenna, all are part of a tight-knit family that spent a lot of time with extended family, including cousins Kylee, Reece, Laynee and Destinee.
“He loved to pick on his sister and wrestle with his cousins, especially Reece,” Bolin said.
The fourth-grade student at Heywood Elementary School, Troy, was a quiet kid, Bolin said, who also liked to read and play with his friends.
And he loved the outdoors — camping, hiking, boating, even wading in the creek.
Since getting his pet bearded dragon, Spike, Bolin said they had become the best of friends.
“Those were all the things that made him happy,” Bolin said through tears Tuesday.
Bolin also remembers Aiden as a picky eater who had a limited menu, eating mostly chicken nuggets, french fries and Ramen noodles.
“He was just the pickiest eater we have ever came across,” Bolin said with a laugh.
A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home, Troy, with Pastor Joe Hill officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home prior to the service. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Troy.
Bolin said those wishing to bring food items for the gathering following Aiden’s funeral on Thursday, can drop food off at New Horizons Church of God, Troy.
Bolin said a candlelight vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Traditions Apartments on Stanfield Road in celebration of his life. A balloon release also will be held Saturday.
Contributions to help his family with expenses may be made at Abbey Credit Union, 1341 Wayne St., Troy, OH 45373, in his name and Account No. 728004.
“We’ll all remember that red hair. He was a very sweet boy. We will all miss him,” Bolin said.