John Conrad Carlson

Former teacher John Conrad Carlson passed away at his home in Aberdeen on Thursday, February 7, 2013. He was born May 13, 1932, in Aberdeen, Washington, to Conrad and Ethel (Jenna) Carlson.

John graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1950, Grays Harbor College in 1952 and the College of Puget Sound in 1954 with a degree in Education. He completed his post-graduate work at the University of Washington.

John served with the U.S. Army in Korea from 1954 to 1956. He returned home and taught school in Hoquiam for two years, in Everett for a year, and then at Miller Junior High for 23 years. John coached Miller’s track team for five years and was timekeeper at innumerable football and basketball games. He retired in 1982.

John was a member of the Aberdeen Elks, American Legion and the 40 et 8 Club where he was secretary and treasurer for many years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ethel Carlson Lynch, who passed away in 1982; and his father, Conrad Carlson, who passed in 1936.

He is survived by his aunt, Helen Jenna of Montesano; uncle, Jack (John) Grundhoffer of Olympia; and cousins, Michael Grundhoffer (Sharon) of Olympia; Delores Lowman of Olympia, Rosalie Mitchell (Kameron) of Vancouver; Karen Sawyer (Rick) of Montesano; Jennie Ramstad of Surprise, Arizona and numerous other cousins.

A family only graveside service will be held at Fern Hill Cemetery in Aberdeen on Friday morning, February 15, 2013. A reception and potluck will begin at 12:00 Noon at the 40 et 8 Veterans Club at 2313 Simpson Ave., Aberdeen.

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