Laurie Johan Carlson, 73, of Humboldt, passed away Sunday morning, March 13, 2016 at his home while under Unity Point Hospice Care. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 18, 2016, at the Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt with the Rev. Alberta Ervin and Rev. Christy Ehrle officiating. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery in Humboldt. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt.
Laurie J. Carlson was born the 3rd child and only son of Carl William and Anna Johanna (Jacobsen) Carlson, He was born November 5, 1942 at the family farm in Rutland Township, Humboldt County, Iowa.
Laurie was baptized on Easter Sunday, April 25, 1943 at the First Methodist Church in Humboldt and was confirmed there on Palm Sunday, April 14, 1957. His confirmation bible verse was the Twenty-Third Psalm.
Laurie attended South Airline Country School and graduated from Humboldt High School with the class of 1961. He was very active in FFA and was awarded the coveted “Iowa Farmer” degree. Laurie began farming at age 15, due to the death of his father, and continued until his semi-retirement three years ago.
On July 21, 1973, Laurie married Candyce (Candy) Lynn Peterson at the Laurens United Methodist Church. They made their home in the town of Humboldt although Laurie spent hours at the farm everyday. Laurie was most content in the solitude of his farm.
Laurie was a life long member of Humboldt United Methodist Church where he was active in Family Fellowship Sunday School and served many years as an usher and on the History and Records Committee. He was co-chairman of the church’s 150th anniversary celebration along with Pastor Wally Paige and did several presentations on the history and locations of area pioneer churches.
Laurie was a very thorough genealogical and historical researcher. He did research for several different authors, historians, and videographers. Laurie was most noted for his knowledge of early Iowa Geology, the Vikings in Iowa, Lewis and Clark, Jessie James, Henry Lott, and Humboldt County abandoned towns and cemeteries. He located and organized most of the Humboldt County Township’s rural school records and historic area church records.
Laurie is survived by his wife of 42 years, Candy of Humboldt; his nephew, Jon K. Swanson of West Des Moines, IA; his niece, Ann (David) Grosenheider of Kansas City, MO; and nephew, Todd (Sandra) Peterson of Waterloo, IA; his great nieces, Sarah (Tom) Webb of Riverside, MO, Laura (Andrew) Nelson of St. Peters, MO; Amy Grosenheider of Kansas City, MO, Anna Swanson of Madison, WI, and Vanessa Peterson of Waterloo, IA; great nephews, Frank Swanson of West Des Moines, IA and Caleb Peterson of Waterloo, IA; two great-great nephews, Chase and Tyler Webb; and great-great niece, Adley Nelson. Laurie is also survived by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gale “Cork” and Becky Peterson of Reinbeck, IA and Phyllis and Wally Horn of Cedar Rapids, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Anna (Jacobsen) Carlson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Amy and Norman Kirchhoff and Armada and Frank Swanson; and his niece, Annette Kirchhoff.
Laurie will be remembered as a quiet, kind, patient, and considerate gentleman.
Memorials may be left to Faith United Methodist Church, Humboldt Genealogy Society, Humboldt County Museum, or Humboldt County Hospice.