Archive for Monday, January 13, 1992


January 13, 1992


Services for the Rev. Carl Gideon Carlson, 88, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Virgil Brady officiating.

He died Sunday, Jan. 12, 1992, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.

He was born Jan. 13, 1903, in the province of Smoland, Sweden, the son of Ernst and Emilia Persson Carlson. In 1911 his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Hobart, Ind., where he attended public schools.

For three years, he worked as an apprentice pattern maker at the U.S. Steel Co.'s works in Gary, Ind.

He then decided to enter the ministry of the Methodist Church. He received his ministerial training at the Swedish Methodist Seminary and the Garrett Biblical Seminary, both in Evanston, Ill. He also is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., and received his first appointment to the West Olive Street Swedish Methodist Church in Bloomington.

He married Ethel M. Osterberg on Dec. 29, 1928, in Chicago. She survives of the home.

Together they served churches in Wisconsin and Illinois. During World War II, he served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

He was a member of the Central Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. He retired to Lake Worth, Fla., in 1966, and moved to Lawrence in 1979.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert G., Lawrence; a sister, Ruth Johansson, Gary, Ind.; and two grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Lawrence or the Preachers Aid Society of the Central Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church, in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

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