Deceased Classmates & Guests

Michael R Carlson

Michael R Carlson

From the 30 January 2007 Dispatch:

Michael Carlson

Michael R. Carlson, 62, of Moline, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials can be made to Heifer International at

Michael was born Feb. 27, 1944, in Moline, son of C. Raymond and Ruby Hayes Carlson. He was an Army veteran serving in Vietnam. Michael was a member of Salem Lutheran Church and Vietnam Veterans of America.

Survivors include friends, Mike Tribbett, Moline, Jeff Guthrie, East Moline, and Greg Obrzut, Omaha, Neb. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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05/25/09 11:48 PM #1    

Ken Storms

I remember Mike as my best friend in high school. He was smart, funny, and interested in lots of things. One of his great loves was his '64 GTO that he bought new and intended to keep forever. He graduated from Northwestern University and was immediately drafted into the army and sent to Viet Nam. When he returned he went to work for the Moline park district while waiting for the fall term to begin to get a degree in advertising. He was involved in an accident with a riding mower on the job and was hospitalised for a long time. His right elbow had to be fused which limited his activities for the rest of his life. He did get that degree in advertising and worked in that field off and on for many years.

I think of Mike on this Memorial Day. Viet Nam was hard on Mike and he wasn't the same person I knew in high school after that. I tried to keep in touch with him but would loose contact for long periods of time. I was truely saddened to learn of his death. Ken Storms

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