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Charles R. Carlson, 77, of Sun City Huntley, formerly of Park Ridge, passed away October 28, 2005, beloved husband of Jessie, nee Wells Carlson; loving father to Cindy Carlson Gunther, Wendy (Christopher) Tenggren; loving stepfather to Lura (Jeff) Arnold, Evelyn (Tommy) Dziallo; loving grandfather to Vincent, Tess, Amanda, AnnaMae and Jessie; loving brother to Richard (Therese) Carlson and his twin brother the late Arvid Carlson. Chuck grew up in Mount Prospect and attended Arlington Heights High School. He worked for IBM for 36 years as a administrator in their data processing division, retiring in 1991. During this time he also began a career in the photography industry, working for NFL Films in the late sixties filming pro-football events, including the Chicago Bears and the then Chicago Cardinals. He also video-taped Harness races for the Illinois Racing Commission at Maywood Park and Aurora Downs. In 1971 Chuck suffered a heart attack, he became the first coronary patient of the Cardiac Rehab Unit of Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago and was a founding member and officer of the Chicago Coronary Club. Chuck was also an avid fisherman, boater, skier and world traveler. He was a mason for over 50 years and a member of the Arlington Heights Lodge #1162 A.F. and A.M., in 2004 he became a Shriner and was also a member of GAPA. Chuck and his wife Jessie moved to Sun City in Huntley in 1999 and became very active, he was a member of several clubs; Anglers, Computer, Investors, Photography, Scandinavian, and Geneology clubs. He was also the author of ''Chucks Chuckles'' in the Northwest Herald newspaper. Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 1, 2005 from 3 to 8 p.m., at the James A. O'Connor Funeral Home, 11603 E. Main St., in Huntley. Visitation will continue Wednesday, November 2, 2005 from 10 a.m. until the Mass of Requiem Eucharist at 11 a.m., at the St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 306 S. Prospect Av., Park Ridge. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, in Chicago. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his name to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 221 N. Oak Park Av., Chicago, IL 60707 or to charity of one's choice. For information call the funeral home 847-669-5111.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Oct. 31, 2005
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