Richard D. Carlson
March 16, 1936 - February 10, 2008
Birthplace: Page County, Iowa
Resided In: Red Oak, Iowa

Visitation 2/14/2008
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Service 2/15/2008
Fremont Lutheran Church
Burial 2/15/2008
Mt. Hope Cemetery at Nyman, Iowa

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Richard D. Carlson, age 71, of Red Oak, Iowa passed away Sunday, February 10, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Care Center. Richard Dean Carlson was born March 16, 1936 in Page County, Iowa the son of Richard C. and Frances (Carlsward) Carlson. He was raised in southwest, Iowa and served his country during the Korean War in the Army. He was united in marriage to Joy Burnison on September 4, 1955 in Nyman, Iowa. They lived in Alabama for a short time before moving to Creston, Iowa where Richard worked for the Rural Electric Cooperative. When Richard was unable to work due to illness he and Joy moved to Red Oak where they lived most of their lives. Richard was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan often being called the “Hawkeye Man”. He loved his family and spent most of his time supporting his kids and grandkids at whatever event they were involved with at the time. He loved to deer hunt with a bow, mushroom hunting, cutting trees, carpentry work, walking, and trips to Dairy Queen. Richard loved the outdoors, his family and just having fun and laughter wherever he was.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son: Gary in 1982; his wife Joy on February 13, 2007; sister: Beverly Westenburg; sister-in-law: Lois Garwood; and brother-in-law: David Roseland. Survivors include his children: Richard D. Carlson, Jr. and wife Mi Chong of St. Cloud, MN; Cynthia Tucker and husband Richard of Winterset, IA; Stephen Carlson of Stanton, IA; Susan Geer and husband Scott of Stanton, IA; and Carrie Rinehart and husband Brian of Anamosa, IA; 14 grandchildren; one great grandson; sisters: LaDonna Raney and husband James of Villisca, IA and Marcia Sierp and husband Bob of Onalaska, WI; brothers: Darrell Carlson and wife Mary of Red Oak, IA; William Carlson and wife Carol Ann of Clarinda, IA; Roger Carlson and wife Mary Jo of Marion, IA; and Daniel Carlson of Red Oak, IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: John Garwood of Jefferson City, MO; Richard Burnison and wife Leta of Stanton, NE; Lowell Burnison and wife Jan of Red Oak, IA; Larry Burnison and wife Cheryl of Lawton, OK; Karen Pridemore and husband Harold of Florrisant, MO; Phyllis Roseland of Springfield, NE; Sandra Currie and husband George of Essex, IA; Linda Malerbi and husband Larry of Omaha, NE; Janet Vallone of Clearwater, FL; and Barbara Carlson of McCallsburg, IA; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends and his special dog: Heidi.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Friday, February 15, 2008 at the Fremont Lutheran Church at Nyman, Iowa with Rev. Dr. Eric Kutzli officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Nyman, Iowa with military honors. Visitation with the family will be held from 6-8 PM Thursday, February 14, 2008 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Fremont Lutheran Church at Nyman.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak is in charge of arrangements.


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410 Sixth Street
Red Oak, Iowa 51566
Phone: (712) 623-2525 or
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