Vernon Carlson


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Posted Online: Dec. 26, 2012, 7:01 pm
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Vernon C. "Vern" Carlson, 68, of Rock Island, formerly of Geneseo, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at Trinity Rock Island.
Memorial services celebrating his life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Geneseo Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Homes and Cremation Services. Per his request, cremation rites have been accorded, and inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation for Vern will be held noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Vern Carlson Memorial Fund and will be used for the betterment and welfare of adults and children.
Vern was born Nov. 29, 1944, in Geneseo, the son of Carl and Carol Johnson Carlson. He was a 1962 graduate of Atkinson High School and earned his psychology degree from Augustana College in 1973. In 1987, he earned a master's degree in counseling from Western Illinois University. Vern had been a counselor at the Riverside Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center in Rock Island counseling substance abuse patients. Previously he did counseling work at the Bethany Home in Moline helping troubled youth.
Vern was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union and was very involved in senior care. He was a former member of the Robert Young Center for Community Mental Health's Geriatric Care Planning Committee and developed an alcohol and drug treatment program for the geriatric population. Vern loved reading, restoring classic cars, drag racing and listening to music.
Vern is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Ruthann and Roger Carton, Geneseo; niece, Heather (Drew) DeBrock, Geneseo; nephew, Adam Carton, Milan; great-niece, Leah Walker; and two great-nephews, Alex Walker and Aiden Carton.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents; and stepfather, Kenneth Hutchinson.
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