Marlin D. "Tom" Carlson, 91June 4, 1918 - Sept. 21, 2009
June 4, 1918 - Sept. 21, 2009
Marlin D. "Tom" Carlson, age 91 of New Richmond, died on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at his home.
Marlin was born the son of David and Ruth (Larson) Carlson on June 4, 1918, in Taylor County, Wis. He grew up on his family's dairy farms, first in the Town of Holway, and later in the Perkinstown area. In the 1930s, Marlin left home to join the Civilian Conservation Corps, working as a group leader on soil conservation projects in Pierce County. Many of the concrete erosion control dams they built are still functioning. Marlin entered the Army in March of 1941. He served as a Staff Sergeant throughout World War II, going to Ie Shima as part of the planned invasion of mainland Japan. On June 25, 1942, he was married to Helen M. Asp in a ceremony held at Eau Claire, Wis. After the war, Marlin went to work for his father-in-law Alfred Asp at the New Richmond Granite Works. He later owned and managed the business into his 80s. Marlin was a member of the First Lutheran Church in New Richmond, serving in many capacities through the years. He enjoyed his family, his work, deer hunting, natural history and traveling, especially to visit his daughter at the many national parks where her husband was stationed.
Marlin is preceded in death by his parents David and Ruth Carlson; brother Jerry Carlson; sisters Lois Carlson, Florence Tyter and Mabel Notogiacomo.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years Helen Carlson; children David (Carol) Carlson, Eau Claire; Lois (John) Lounsbury, McAllister, Mont.; Eric (Jane) Carlson, Lake Elmo, Minn.; Rolf (Jeanine) Carlson, New Richmond, Wis.; grandchildren Margaret Carlson, Rebecca Carlson, Jensena Carlson, Matthew Carlson, Amanda Carlson; brothers Lester (Laura) Carlson, Medford, Wis.; Roy (Sandy) Carlson, Reedsburg, Wis; sisters Gladys Pawelko, McHenry, Ill.; Ethel Miller, Racine, Wis; as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in New Richmond. Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church of New Richmond.
Arrangements were with Beebe Mortuary of New Richmond.