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William A. "Bill" Carlson, 83, passed away Monday, January 14, 2013, in his McKinney home, surrounded by loving family. He was born February 17, 1929 in Chicago, IL, one of 4 children. He graduated from Proviso Township High School in 1947 and was drafted into the United States Army. Bill served as a staff sergeant in Europe during the Korean War. Upon leaving the military he began a successful sales career. He worked at Bell & Howell for 21 years, achieving the role of Vice President. During this time, he lived in Chicago, raising a family with his first wife, Shelley Pollenz. While at Bell & Howell, Bill met the love of his life and future wife Kay Parr. Their 32-year marriage began in 1980 as they opened The Camera Store in Dallas. For the next 20 years, they worked side-by-side, played golf, traveled and enjoyed their grandchildren until his retirement in 2000. In retirement, Bill was instrumental in building Kay's successful real estate business. He loved his vintage camera collection, playing golf with the senior men at Eldorado Country Club, doing the daily crossword and taking care of his cats. Bill is survived by his wife, Kay Carlson of McKinney, Texas; five children; three stepchildren; twenty grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Christopher Carlson, and siblings. A celebration of life was held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2013, at First United Methodist Church of McKinney with the Reverend Doug Fox officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Samaritan Inn of McKinney.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Jan. 20, 2013
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