R. Wesley Carlson, 88, of Humboldt, passed away November 19, 2014 at the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt. Burial will be in Vernon Township Cemetery near Hardy. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2014 at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt.
Mr. Carlson is survived by his wife, Lola of Humboldt; sons, Terry (Toni) Carlson of Laguna Woods, CA, Thomas (Tina) Carlson of Waupaca, WI, and Todd (Sara) Carlson of Clive, IA; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren. Wes is also survived by his brother, William (Winnie Lee) Carlson on Ames, IA and his sister, Pearl Ann (Dr. John) Tabor of Denver, CO. Wes was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Carlson; his daughter, Lynne Carlson Allen; parents, Eldon and Pearl (Pettersen) Carlson; and brothers, Don Carlson and Rodney Carlson.
Ronald Wesley Carlson, the son of Eldon and Pearl (Pettersen) Carlson, was born September 14, 1926 at Marathon, Iowa. He was raised and educated at Marathon graduating in 1943. He then received his Bachelors Degree from Buena Vista College in 1948 and his Masters Degree from the University of South Dakota.
He was united in marriage to Lola Mimbach on March 26, 1948 at the United Methodist Church at Renwick.
Wes served as a teacher at Vernon High School, Laurens High School, and Boone Valley High School until his appointment to Superintendent of the Boone Valley School District in 1957. In 1963, he became the Superintendent for West Union School District and in 1970, he accepted the position of Superintendent for the Humboldt Community School District. Mr. Carlson retired in 1989.
Wes was an active member of the Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt where he served on many committees. Wes was the recipient of the Lyle T. Quinn Award from the Iowa High School Association and served as the president of the Iowa High School Administrators Association in 1976. He loved his summers spent fishing at the family’s lake home near Alexandria, Minnesota and winters with Lola in Texas. He was a long time Rotarian and enjoyed golfing.
Memorials may be made to the Humboldt Community School Educational Foundation.