Aug. 24, 1911 - March 31, 2008
STRATTON -- Charlie O. Carlson, 96, of Stratton died Monday (March 31, 2008), at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
He was born Aug. 24, 1911, at Stratton, to French and Lena (Kisling) Carlson and graduated from Stratton High School in 1930.
He married Lois M. Bowman in 1932, and together they began a career in farming that would span more than 70 years. Shortly after their marriage, they began farming in Kansas, and then in Nebraska. In 1948, they purchased their own farm.
In 1976, they moved to their new home in Stratton, and retired from farming in 1977. He continued to manage the farmland until 2002, after his wife's death.
He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Stratton, and served on many committees, as well as being a member of the men's Sunday school class for many years. He was also very active at Grandview Retirement Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, French and Lena Carlson; his wife, Lois; and daughter, Vaunda.
Survivors include his daughter, Joyce Clayton and husband, Robert of Fort Collins, Colo.; son, Larry Carlson and wife, Linda of North Platte; sister, Vera Wray; sister-in-law, Effie Carlson; brother-in-law, Arch Bowman; son-in-law, Tom Gable; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment will follow services at Rose Hill Cemetery near Stratton.
A celebration of his life will continue on Friday at Grandview Retirement Center in Stratton from noon - 3 p.m.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4 - 6 p.m., at the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.