Donald (Jack) Carlson

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Deceased - September 20, 2012  


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December 13. 1944





Donald L. (Jack) Carlson, passed away Sept. 20th 2012 at the Orange Park Memorial Hospital following a pulmonary illness. Jack graduated in 1963 from Holdrege High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served four years aboard the Carrier, U.S.S. Essex. Jack was the seventh son to serve in the U.S. Military. On Dec. 31, 2006 Jack retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Jacksonville, Fl. after 24 years and received the Special Achievement Award.

Jack Carlson will be remembered as a very kind, giving, and gentle man. Christians often talk the talk but Jack walked the walk. Jack's desire was not for material wealth but instead looking out for those who were in need. He would buy new coats to give to the homeless and was always helping the less fortunate. Jack did not want to be recognized for his good deeds, merely doing them quietly. He never had any kids of his own, but doted on his nieces and nephews whom he loved. Jack enjoyed fishing, hunting, and riding his motorcycle.

Jack was the youngest of 14 children born to Mr. & Mrs. Harry Carlson. Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Carlson; seven brothers: H. Winston Carlson, Paul Carlson, Stanley Carlson, Basil (Bud) Carlson, Louis Lemonte Carlson, Neal Carlson, and Randy Carlson; five sisters, Fern Swanson, Evelyn Bjorklund, Deloris Aman, DeVona Carlson, and Maxine (Micki) Anderson; one niece, Janice Swanson, and one nephew, Lonnie M. Herndon.

Survivors include: one sister, Bonnie (Carlson) Herndon and her husband, Fred of Orange Park, Fl., two sisters-in-law , Eleanor Rogers of Holbrook, Ne. and Marcile Riber of Colo. Springs, Co.; one brother-in-law, Dale Anderson, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Jack Carlson requested his body be cremated and laid to rest with his beloved companion, Leslie Leah Lane at the Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege