June 16, 2005

(11/6/1919 6/8/2005)

Warren Edward Carlson, 85, of Greentop, MO, passed away June 8, 2005, at the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, MO.

The son of Cardotus Edward and Clara Lu (Schroll) Carlson, he was born on November 6, 1919, in Laddonia, MO.

On September 16, 1951 in Princeton, MO, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Gibson and to this union five children were born.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Carlson of Greentop, MO; four children, Pat Reading and husband, Rick of Paris, MO, David Carlson and wife, Tammie of Denton, TX, Judy Owen and husband, Tim of Greentop, MO and Randall Carlson and wife, Kelley of Baring, MO; 20 grandchildren, Forrest Sanders, Ryan and Mandy Reading, April and Jeremy House, Andrea and Joshua Scott, Thena Reading, Tiffany, Joshua and Jacob Owen, Jordan, Israel, K.C., Shelly and Destinie Carlson, Jared, Michael, Matthew and Emily Carlson; three great-grandsons, Luke House, Caleb and Noah Scott; two sisters, Marjorie Stevens of Iowa and Elizabeth Aguilar of Colorado; and one brother, George Carlson of Laddonia, MO.

Warren was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Terry Carlson; one sister, Louise Bell; and two brothers, Jesse and Robert Carlson.

Warren was a member of the Farber Presbyterian Church in Farber, MO, serving as a deacon and elder for several years. He also served for three years in the armed forces during World War II mostly overseas. In 1981, he sold the farm at Farber and moved the family to a farm in the Willmathsville vicinity. He was a strong believer in education and supported and encouraged all of his children through college. He was a kind, gentle man always with a laugh, a story or a joke. He will be very much missed.

Funeral services were held on June 11, 2005, at the Downing Methodist Church in Downing, MO with Robert Shaffer, pastor of the Grace Community Bible Church assisted by David Hartsfield, pastor of the Downing Methodist Church officiating. A special musical selection was provided by the organist, Willa Mae Gooden and soloist, Virginia Carlson. Pallbearers were Dale Strum, Bruce Carlson, Ryan Reading, Joey Bosley, Jordan Carlson and Calvin Webber. Honorary pallbearers were Bryan Webber, Wayne Johnson, and Wilber Singer. Memorials have been established for the Willmathsville Cemetery. Burial was in the Willmathsville Cemetery. Military rites were conducted by the Scotland County VFW Post #4958. Arrangements were under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster and Downing, MO.

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