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Carl "Irv" Carlson

June 21, 1924 - April 22, 2016
Muskegon, MI

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Friday, May 6, 2016
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
Samuel Lutheran Church
540 Houston
Muskegon, MI 49440
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Friday, May 6, 2016
11:00 AM EDT
Samuel Lutheran Church
540 Houston
Muskegon, MI 49440
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Muskegon, MI 49440
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Throughout his rich and rewarding life, Carl “Irv” Carlson lived a life of purpose spent holding his loved ones near. He was never one to worry about the things of this world, rather, his faith provided the strength he needed to weather the storms of life that came his way. Irv was deeply devoted to his family, and he was thrilled beyond measure to welcome children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren into the fold. Everything he did he did with his whole heart, and he was a man of many gifts and talents. Although he will be deeply missed, Irvin leaves behind a priceless collection of memories that his loved ones will forever treasure.

It seems only fitting that Carl’s journey began during a time that was as vibrant as he was. It was the Roaring Twenties when innovation paved the way for drastic changes to our everyday lives. Radios, washing machines, and affordable cars produced on assembly lines were among the noteworthy advancements while this was also the decade that witnessed the end of the silent film era. Amidst this exciting time was the year 1924 that was an exciting year in the lives of Carl Anton and Mabel (Hagstrom) Carlson as they were awaiting the arrival of their new baby as summer unfolded in the city of Muskegon, Michigan. Their wait was over on June 21st when the baby boy they named Carl Irvin drew his first breath. He was the second of four children in his family, joining his older sister, Dagmar, as well as his younger siblings, Doris and Robert in the Carlson clan. Carl’s father was a Swedish immigrant who worked as a tool and die maker at Stewart-Hartshorn when Irv was born while his mother was a busy and devoted homemaker.

Raised in the family home on Grand Avenue near Nims School in downtown Muskegon, Irv experienced an upbringing that was typical for the youth of his generation. As a family they were members of Samuel Lutheran Church, and Irv was also part of the Boy Scout troop that met at his church. Family was an important part of his life, and he enjoyed fishing with his father whether he they were renting boats during the summer or ice fishing in the winter. Irv’s father also took him out hunting for deer and small game. While growing up he discovered his love for tinkering as he enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together including watches, bicycles, and clocks among other things. He attended local schools and also took guitar lessons at the Hagar School of Music.

After graduating from Muskegon High School in 1942, Irv and a of his couple buddies tried to join the United States Marines together, but Irv was the only one to get in. He was sent to San Diego for boot camp and then to Cherry Point, North Carolina, serving as an aviation machinist working on B-25’s. Irvin eventually got shipped out to the South Pacific and the Philippines.

With his military duties fulfilled, Irv returned to Muskegon. Soon after, he met the woman who would change the course of his life forever. Her name was June Hessel, and they met on a blind date. As the story goes it was love at first sight, and Irv told her, “Stick with me and you’ll go far.” They quickly fell deeply in love, and with a desire to spend the rest of their lives together Irv and June were married on August 1, 1947. The newlyweds bought his grandmother’s house in downtown Muskegon and lived there for the few years that followed. Together they welcomed two children, Paul and Pamela, into their hearts and home. They later moved into the Glenside neighborhood where they lived until the 1970s before moving to Roosevelt Park. As a family they were active members at Samuel Lutheran, and Irv served on the board there as well. He and June liked to go dancing at the Fruitport Pavillion, and they also had a group of friends they socialized and played bridge with. There were fun family vacations to cottages on Silver Lake, road trips to Gettysburg and Washington, D.C., camping, and walks in the woods. Irv also took the whole family fishing on the channel wall when the perch were running. To support his family, he worked in the pattern department at Campbell, Wyant, & Cannon foundry for what would be 40 years after also moving into management.

Throughout his life, Irv was one to keep busy. He was a genuine Mr. Fixit who could fix anything including cars and appliances. Although he was very mechanically minded, Irv was also a perfectionist when it came to his projects and also on working around his yard as his flowers and vegetables were always meticulously maintained. Once his children were grown he bought a boat and enjoyed taking it out salmon fishing on Lake Michigan with his buddies or family members. Irv was a member of both the Vikings and Muskegon Elks, and he liked spending time at Elks Park on Lake Michigan.

Later in life Irvin continued maintaining an active lifestyle. In his retirement years there were trips to Florida, Spain, Hawaii, Europe, Sweden, and Mexico, and they took a couple of cruises, too. Although Irv had scoliosis and dealt with back problems for years, he underwent major surgery in the 1990s, which kept him on the go for many more years. He looked forward to visiting his children and spending time with his grandchildren as well, and Christmas was always an especially memorable time. Irvin was a wonderful baker who was famous for his Swedish rye bread and potato sausage made with a homemade stuffer. Although he was deeply saddened with June’s death in 2005, he got through with help from friends and his faith.

During his sunset years, Irv experienced both peaks and valleys along the way. He kept active socially with friends and at church. Irv's dog, Chloe, was also a constant companion for several years. The years eventually took their toll, and he moved into Boulder Creek assisted living in Grand Rapids, which was near his daughter’s house. The staff there were wonderful, and Irv’s smile always brightened their days.

All who knew Carl Irvin Carlson would agree that he was an extraordinary man to know and love. He was described as a true gentleman who thought of others first and foremost, and his love was always offered without condition. Irvin was the sort of person who took nothing for granted, and he made the most of each and every moment he was given. Deeply loved, he will never be forgotten.

Carl Irvin "Irv" Carlson passed away peacefully Friday, April 22, 2016. Irvin’s family includes his son, Paul (Maryetta) Carlson of SC; daughter, Pamela (Greg) Smith of Rockford; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Denise) Carlson of SC, Alyssa (Jeffrey) Twyman & Kelsey (Spencer) Quinn of Rockford; great grandchildren, Myles Quinn & Cora Twyman; his sister, Dagmar. Irvin was preceded in death by his wife, June in 2005; siblings, Robert and Doris. Services will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016, 11:00 a.m. and visitation one hour prior to the service at Samuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Marcy Miller officiating. Memorials can be made to Samuel Lutheran Church.

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