Carl Clifford Hultgren, 86, of Crystal River, Fla., died peacefully Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2013, following a very brief illness.
Born July 27, 1926, in Manchester, he was the second of two children of Karl Emil Hultgren and Astrid Elenora (nee Johansdaughter). Carl attended public grade school and graduated from Manchester Technical High School. He enlisted in the Army
in January 1944 and after serving in the 910th Aerial Engineering Squadron (Italy) he was honorably discharged in December 1946. In 1947 he began a 40-year career with the Hartford Electric Light Co., which merged into Northeast Utilities. On May 6, 1950, he married Jean Florence Okerfelt, also of Manchester, and they had three children. Carl was an active member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Lodge No. 73 in Manchester. He was Master of the lodge in 1963 and received the 32nd degree in 1986. He was an active member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester, and for many years sang in the choir. Carl was a very hard worker who with many hours of help from family and friends built and remodeled the house on Ferguson Road where the family resided for 31 years. Beautiful walls that Carl created stone by stone still surround the house and back yard. Upon retirement, Carl and Jean moved to Crystal River, enjoying golf, entertaining, and warm weather. Carl was fond of cigars, cocktails, jigsaw puzzles, and laughter.
Carl is survived by his wife, Jean, and their children, Bradford, Philip, and his wife, Christine, Cynthia Hall, and her husband, Randy; two grandchildren, Crystal and Curtis Hall; and his sister, Eleanor Shulze.
A memorial service will be held on April 13, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 60 Church St., Manchester.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made in memory of Carl to the Creative Living Community of Connecticut, 60 Church St., Manchester CT 06040.