John And Lois Carlson

John and Lois Carlson

As they spent their lives together, now John and Lois Carlson will also spend their eternity with each other.

Both John and Lois passed away in Yuma, AZ where they have made their home these many years.

Lois preceded John in death on September 25th 2012 and John passed away on May 22nd of this year.

Lois was born on June 4th 1933 in Sentinel Butte, North Dakota to John and Gertie Honnold and received her early education there.

Lois attended Dickinson State College where she received her teaching degree. While in college she became a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. She had taught school in various settings, from Hebron, ND to the larger school systems of Great Falls, MT. She was also very involved in the student advocacy program, H.O.S.T., in Washington State.

John was also born in Sentinel Butte, North Dakota, almost 2 weeks to the day after Lois' birth, on June 17th 1933. His parents were Andrew and Ethel Carlson. Following his education, John enlisted in The United States Navy. He was a veteran of The Korean Conflict serving on The U.S.S. Begor from 1951 to 1955.

John and Lois wed in 1955 and began their interesting life journey. John was very strong in his belief that a man was made to work and take care of his family. He was a master mechanic and for many years was a chief engineer for numerous dredging operations throughout the western United States. He had belonged to 4 different Operating Engineers Unions.

The couple's many years of traveling extended into their retirement and for some time they worked within The Grand Tetons Parks Department before making their permanent home in Yuma.

They both enjoyed playing cards with friends as well as traveling. They also enjoyed their own individual hobbies and pursuits. Lois liked reading and John loved clock building, hunting and fishing. Together they looked forward to and always attended John's annual reunion with his former shipmates.

Preceding them in death were their Son: Dennis Carlson; John's Brother: Alan Carlson and his Sister: Joy Warren and Lois' Sister: Peggy Schimke and her Brothers: Kenneth Honnold and Dean Honnold.

They are survived by Sons and daughter in law: Jay Carlson, Robert Carlson and Mike and Christy Carlson; Daughter and son in law: Susan and Ed Renfro. Their Grandchildren are: Katie Carlson, Kendal Carlson, Kayla Carlson, William Carlson and Grace Carlson.

Also surviving are John's Brother: Jerry Carlson and his Sister in law: Shirley Carlson and Lois' Sister and brother in law: Kellie and Larry Krein and her Sisters in law: Betty Honnold and Betsy Honnold.

Graveside interment of ashes for John and Lois will be conducted on Sunday, July 21st at 1 P.M. in The Sentinel Butte City Cemetery in Sentinel Butte with full military honors accorded for John. A reception will follow the service.

The family requests that memorials be made to The .

Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 14, 2013