April 21, 1942-Feb. 7, 2003

GOLD BEACH - William Everett "Bill" Carlson, 60, of Gold Beach, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at his home.

A graveside service was held Saturday at Pine Grove Butte Cemetery in Hood River.

Mr. Carlson, was born April 21, 1942, at Mullen, Neb., to Harold Everett and Elizabeth Mae Dunkel Carlson. He was raised at Hood River and attended schools there.

He completed two tours of duty with the Army during the Vietnam War.

Following his honorable discharge, Mr. Carlson worked briefly for Union Pacific Railroad at Boardman. He then moved to Kennewick, where he was employed by Finley Construction.

In the 1970s and 1980s he lived at Hood River and later at Rufus where he managed service stations.

After early retirement due to disability, he lived at Walla Walla and at White City for a time before moving to Boardman to care for his mother who was ill.

Mr. Carlson loved the Oregon coast and had made his home at Gold Beach since June 2002.

He enjoyed fishing and the solitude of the Oregon coast. He also liked to pan for gold and spend time with his family. He is described as a quiet and likeable man.

Survivors include his children, Shelley, Jodie, Harold and Griff; stepchildren, Tina Holley and Jeff; sister, Kay Thomas of Boardman; and brother, John Carlson of Boardman, and five grandchildren.

Redwood Memorial Chapel, 1020 Fifield St., Brookings, was in charge of arrangements.

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