William ‘Bill’ Edward Carlson


On April 11, 2010, at the Hartford Memorial Hospital, Hartford, Wis., William "Bill" Edward Carlson went to heaven to join his loved ones who preceded him, including his father Arnold in 2005, his mother Grace (nee Percival) in 1967, his stepmother Ida (nee Unsworth) in 1995, infant daughter Joanne Lynn in 1959 and infant daughter Joy Eileen in 1967.

Bill was born May 21, 1929, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He was married to Beulah (nee Warner) in 1954 in Emerson, Manitoba.

He is survived by his devoted wife Beulah; daughter Norine (Mike) and grand-daughters Christine and Julia, daughter Carilyn (Don) and grandson Christopher (Melissa) and great-granddaughter Emma; step grand-sons Eric, Brett, Robert (Tracie) and step great granddaughter Leilah; son William "Bill," (Gail) Carlson, son Ray (Rebecca) Carlson and granddaughter Melissa and grandson Ray Jr.

Bill is further survived by sisters-in-law Edna Pettibone of Edmonton Alberta and Ruth Sims of Niagara Falls, Ontario; brother-in-law Ralph Pettibone of Red Deer, Alberta, extended family, nieces, nephews and special friends.

At the age of 18, Bill was the youngest weekly newspaper editor in Canada. He also published a "History of Emerson," which is in the National Archives, while he owned the Emerson Journal. Bill and his father were received into Free Masonry in 1951 in the Emerson Lodge, the first father/son Masons in the Grand Lodge of Manitoba.

Bill owned Carlson Printing in Grand Forks, N.D. where four of his six children were born. In 1967, he worked as a customs officer on the Emerson border. Several moves within Canada and the United States in various printing jobs brought the family to Hartford in 1973. He worked for the Hartford Times Press and retired from the printing industry in 1987. He operated Bill’s Shoe Service from 1977 until his retirement in 1989.

Memorial services in remembrance of Bill will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 738 W. Monroe Ave., Hartford.

Family will greet relatives and friends at the church from 2 p.m. until the time of the service on Thursday. A fellowship will follow the service.

A graveside service with inurnment at the Carlson family plot in Emerson, Manitoba, Canada, will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or American Lung Association.

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family.