Emory W. Carlson


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DELAVAN – Emory W. Carlson, age 91, of Delavan passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at home in Delavan.  He was born October 4, 1926 in McPherson County, Harper Township, KS, to Clarence Hugo and Inez Helena (Selberg) Carlson.  At age 6 his mother passed away and he was raised by his father and two older brothers.  He had an early education in and around Marquette and Lindsborg, KS.  In his sophomore year in high school the family moved to Elsmore, KS where he graduated from Humboldt High School in 1944.  Soon after he enlisted in the U.S. Army and took basic training at Camp Fannin, TX.  He was then sent to the South Pacific where he served until the war’s end.  After re-enlisting, he was sent to Germany with the Army of Occupation.  He was discharged in February 1947. Emory returned to Hutchinson, KS and was briefly employed at the Kansas State Fair until joining the Ray L. Smith Pipeline Construction Co. of Eldorado, KS.  Soon after he enrolled in the National Trade School under the G.I. Bill and earned a Master Mechanics Degree.  In the spring of 1950, he migrated to Delavan and worked at Lake Lawn Lodge, where he met and married Carol Helen Utter.  In the fall of that year, he was recalled to serve his country and sent to Korea, retaining the rank of S/Sgt.  Upon a final discharge in Sept. 1951, he returned to Lake Lawn where he was employed for the next 14 years when he and his wife bought Hugo’s Resort, renaming it “The Harbor Inn”. There they spent the next 33 years until retirement.  Emory enjoyed the outdoors.  He spent much time of Delavan Lake and was well liked by all of his customers.  He was a 70 year member of American Legion Post 95; lifetime member of the VFW; Christ Episcopal Church of Delavan; past member of the Tavern League of WI and Town of Delavan Fire Dept.

Emory is survived by two sons, William (Marcia) Carlson, and Robert (Mary) Carlson; four grandsons, Steven, Kristopher, Benjamin and Bradley; Emory is preceded in death by his wife, Carol “Helen”; his parents; three brothers, Dallas, Alan, and Bertus; a granddaughter, Lindsey Carol; stepmother, Luella Carlson; and step brother, Charles Carlson.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Christ Episcopal Church of Delavan, 503 E. Walworth Ave.  Visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. at Monroe Funeral Home, 604 E. Walworth Ave. on Monday, June 25, 2018 and an hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Burial with full military honors will take place at East Delavan Union Cemetery in Delavan. Memorials can be directed to the Christ Episcopal Church Building Fund. 

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