Howard Carlson, age 90 of Granger and formerly of Gowrie, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids, IA. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2715 Iowa St., Perry, IA. Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 beginning at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. A private family graveside will be held in the Allison Cemetery at Allison, IA.


            Howard Walfred Carlson, son of Eric Walfred and Ethel Agnes (Schuett) Carlson, was born June 9, 1927 at his parents’ home near Washta in Cherokee County, IA and passed away October 21, 2017 at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids, IA at the age of 90.  He was baptized into the Christian faith on October 16, 1938 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Marcus, IA and confirmed in that faith March 25, 1945 at St. John Lutheran Church, Cushing, IA.  He attended rural schools at Tilden #8, Cherokee County, IA and Garfield #4, Ida County, IA and graduated from Washta High School in 1945.  He entered the United States Army at Ft. Snelling, MN May 8, 1946 and trained at Camp Polk in Louisiana.  He was stationed at Inchon, Korea and served with the 51st Military Police Battalion.  He was also an automotive mechanic and motor pool driver during that time until he was honorably discharged October 20, 1947.  He was united in marriage with Lois Elizabeth Botcher May 20, 1949 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Cherokee, IA.  They were the parents of two children, Douglas and Connie.


            Howard was a tiller of the soil and farmed near Cushing, Galva, and Nemaha, IA until moving to Callender, IA in 1973 to continue his love of farming.  Howard was a skilled welder and during the winter months he worked at several manufacturers in Sac City and Albert City, Iowa.  After moving to Gowrie, IA in 1993, he continued working as a farm laborer until his retirement in 2003.  Although farming was the most fulfilling job in his life, Howard enjoyed bowling and fishing when farm work permitted, and he and Lois also spent many hours dancing at the Bohemian Hall near Ft. Dodge, IA.  After losing his first wife Lois to cancer May 20, 1999, which was their 50th wedding anniversary day, Howard married his next dancing partner Betty Anderson Emery at Trinity Lutheran Church, Perry, IA on June 30, 2002.  They made their home in Granger, IA.  After their marriage they also enjoyed dancing at many places in the Midwest and traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada including Hawaii and Alaska.  Howard became a resident of Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids, Iowa in October 2016 and was lovingly cared for by the staff there.


            Howard was a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Callender, IA and later became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Perry, IA.  He was also an active member of American Legion Peterson Post #431 of Gowrie, IA.


            Howard was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Lois, a sister-in-law Jane Carlson, and three brothers-in-law, Robert Botcher, Irvin Harstick, and Ed Beinor.


            He is survived by his wife Betty, and his two children, Douglas (Donna) Carlson, Early, IA and Connie (Bill) Wix, Allison, IA as well as eleven grandchildren and twenty three great grandchildren.  Also surviving are Betty’s three sons, Glen (Vickie) Emery Paul (Kristy) Emery, and Mark (Deb) Emery and their families.  A sister Irene Beinor, Manteno, IL, and a brother Francis Carlson, Alta, IA, other relatives, and many friends mourn his passing.  His cremains will be laid to rest with his wife Lois at the Allison Cemetery, Allison, IA.


            In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Lutheran Hour Ministries or Concordia Seminary, both of St. Louis, MO, or the family’s choice.

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