Richard Carlson


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Posted Online: Nov. 26, 2012, 7:11 pm
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Richard E. Carlson, 86, of Moline, formerly of Orion, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Trinity Rock Island.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, 1301 4th St., Orion. Visitation is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial is at Western Township Cemetery, Orion. Memorials may be made to Orion United Methodist Church, where he was a member.
Richard was born July 1, 1926, in Geneseo, the son of Abner F. and Louise C. Kuelper Carlson. He attended Orion schools and married Helen C. Calcutt on Sept. 22, 1945, in Orion.
Richard and his dad owned Carlson Trucking. He later worked for IHC Farmall as an equipment operator, retiring in 1980, after 32 years. Richard enjoyed his cottage and fishing trips to Birchwood, Wis. He and his wife trailered to Florida, Texas and Arizona prior to purchasing property in Arizona, where they wintered for several years.
Survivors include his wife, Helen C. Carlson; children, Paul L. (Toni) Carlson, Orion, Janet L. (Tony) Bradley, Flintville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Arthur Carlson, Orion; sisters, Debbie (Alan) Wright, Orion, Melanie (Rick) Garrett, Ohio; special friends, Kenneth and Frances Link, Lynn Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Harold R. Carlson; grandson, Ryan Carlson; granddaughter, Kimberly Carlile; two sisters; one brother.
Online condolences may be left for his family by visiting his obituary online at www.esterdahl.com.














 



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