RONALD W. CARLSON, 73 MADISON, Wis. - Ronald W. Carlson, 73, died on January 26, 2014, after a long battle with congestive heart failure and end stage renal failure. Ron was born March 29, 1940, in Rockford, Illinois. He was the son of Clifford W. and Dorothy A. Carlson. Ron graduated from Rockford East High School in 1958. He received a football scholarship to University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he played in the 1963 Rose Bowl. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1963. He went on to coach and teach physical education and geography for North Boone Rural Consolidated High School. After that he became a real estate agent and general contractor, doing industrial and commercial build lease projects. He was a co-owner of Sports East Marine. Ron's favorite activities were hunting, fishing, golf, and playing and watching sports. Ron enjoyed his annual fishing and hunting trips and golf outings with friends and family. Ron always liked to say he was "a well trained and finely tuned athlete". He also said that "golf is the reason he was an avid fisherman." Ron is survived by his wife of 32 years, Bonita "Bonnie" L. Carlson; daughter, Teresa L. (Mark) Reddemann; son, Steven T. Boyd; grandsons, Joshua T. Reddemann and Perry W. Boyd; and granddaughter, Rachele M. Walker. He was predeceased by his father, Clifford; mother, Dorothy; brother, Gerald; and son, Christopher Boyd. Ron is also survived by his black lab, Brett. Ron was a generous and compassionate man. He was very supportive to all of his family and friends. We suggest that remembrances be made to Easter Seals for Camp Wabeek; a summer camp and respite center for children with brain and spinal cord injuries or donations can be made to Meriter Foundation. The family would like to thank the medical staff of Meriter Health Services and St. Mary's Renal Center. They would also like to thank his friends for all their love and support over the last few years. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 31, 2014, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 5001 N. Sherman Ave., with Msgr. Charles Schluter and Fr. Roger Nilles officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the church. Private family interment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit ryanfuneralservice.com. God Took Him To His Loving Home - God saw him getting tired; a cure was not to be. He wrapped him in his loving arms and whispered, "come with me". He suffered much in silence, his spirit did not bend. He faced his pain with courage, until the very end. He tried so hard to stay with us but his fight was not in vain, God took him to His loving home and freed him from his pain. -Anonymous
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2014