|Arthur ‘Gerry’ Carlson|
Arthur “Gerry” Carlson died in his home in Haines City, Fla., at the age of 76, surrounded by his wife, Alice, daughter, Jennifer and son, Chris.
Gerry was born in Elgin, Ill., where as a child he was an active Eagle Scout and awarded the prestigious “Order of the Arrow” award.
While at the University of Illinois he was a senior manager of the university’s football team, member of Phi Gamma Delta and president of the Athletic Council.In 1960, he married his high school sweetheart and enjoyed 53 fulfilling years together.
He had a very strong work ethic and showed exceptional attention to detail, thus, succeeded in all areas of his career, as a captain in the Army reserve, working for his father’s plastering business and as a purchasing manager for Quaker Oats for 28 years.
He and Alice retired to their lake home in Sugar Camp, Wis., where he was able to enjoy his passion for nature and spend countless hours outdoors with his dogs.
He loved spending time with his family traveling, skiing, boating and sailing.
Throughout his life, Gerry was eager to learn, always pushed himself to engage in manual projects and had a strong sense of pride in his work.
He was known for his vast amount of knowledge, thoughtfulness and endearing smile.
His active life was curtailed by pulmonary fibrosis, from working earlier with asbestos, which led to moving to Florida.
Most importantly, Gerry put his family above all else and consistently showed a strong love for and devotion to his wife and children.
He is survived by wife; daughter; son; new granddaughter, Cleo; and brother, Jon Carlson.
He was preceded in death by sister, Mary Paterson; and parents, Art and Helen Carlson.
|Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:48 PM|