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Philip Carlsen Obituary
Carlsen, Philip Bradford Of Chicago, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 16, surrounded by his close family after a short battle with kidney cancer. Born in Chicago on October 17, 1954, he grew up in Arlington Heights and graduated from Northwestern University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science. Phil lived with his family in Evanston for over 30 years, and took pleasure in being actively involved in the community. He served on the board of Ten Thousand Villages and as a Sunday School teacher at Reba Place Church. He had a great love of plants, and was well known for planting and maintaining flowers around the church. Phil found great satisfaction serving as bookmobile librarian for the Skokie Public Library for over 25 years; he was the driving force behind developing their nationally renowned bookmobile program. Phil was also a bus driver and instructor at Pace Bus Company (formerly Wilbus) for 25 years, waking early in the morning to complete his runs before heading to the library. Additionally, he served as President of his local union. Often driving the same routes for years, he was known by his regular patrons as always willing to engage in friendly conversation or lend an ear. Prior to that he worked for Amtrak for 14 years and enjoyed traveling and reading, often mixing the two as he checked out numerous travel books prior to his yearly road trips across the country with kids and dog in tow. He was active in Boy Scouts as a youth, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, and remained active in scouting into his adult years as Scoutmaster of Troop 27 in Evanston. Phil spent his final months living with his children, enjoying quality time with family and friends and checking items off his bucket list. He is survived by his children, Jeremy (Julie) Carlsen and Christine (Mike) Benson; his brothers, Bruce (Ruby) Carlsen, David (Pam) Carlsen, and many beloved cousins, aunts, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hazel and Haldor Carlsen, Jr. He is fondly remembered for his cheerful outlook on life as well as his love of dogs, chocolate, historical societies, telling you what route to take anywhere, ice cream, newspapers, free samples, telling stories, pamphlets and brochures, road trips, camping, quizzing his children to test their knowledge of trivia, books, buying gifts for others, providing recommendations for anything you needed, meats, and - last but not least - all things Christmas (including but not limited to Christkindlmarket, Marshall Field's Christmas windows, driving by the neighborhood Christmas lights, the North Park Santa Lucia pageant, eating under the Christmas tree in the Walnut Room, Christmas cards, drinking glugg, and Christmas Eve breakfast at Svea). A memorial celebration of Phil's life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 26, at Reba Place Church, 620 Madison Street, Evanston, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parks Foundation. Even better, adopt a dog from a local shelter!
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Oct. 10 to Oct. 16, 2013
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