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Family-Placed Death Notice
CARLSON, Clyde CLYDE P. CARLSON Clyde P. Carlson, 90, died at home on November 24, 2012. He was born and raised in South Dakota. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and married Mary Elizabeth Kroohn of Minnesota at William's Air Force Base, Mesa, Arizona, on December 12, 1942. He also served in the Eighth Air Force, stationed in England and completing 25 missions over enemy territory including the historic raid on Schweinfurt, Germany, on August 17, 1943. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oakleaf Cluster, the Air Medal with four Oakleaf Clusters and the ETO Ribbon with Oakleaf Cluster. He was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of Major. After his service, he and his family returned to Minnesota where he received a degree in Business Administration from The University of Minnesota. They moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1964. He spent his civilian years in sales until he and his wife started their own business, Carlson Cleaners, which they owned and operated for twenty years. He was a member of Living Grace Lutheran Church (formerly Saint Matthew's); and a member of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary; one sister, Mildred Lippert of California; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Sonja Carlson of Spartanburg, S. C.; daughter and son-in- law, Janet and Jerry Ashkouti of Atlanta; five grandchildren: Bryce, Brooke and Brent Carlson and Kelli Ashkouti Sullivan and Brandon Ashkouti; and ten great-grandchildren. The family will gather for a private entombment service at Arlington Memorial Park. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held on December 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Living Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Georgia 30084, officiated by Dr. David Hardy. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make make gifts to Living Grace Lutheran Church, 678-406-9229.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 27, 2012