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E. W. CARLSEN E. W. "Bud" Carlsen succumbed to colon cancer on September 18, 2013. He was born in Atlanta, GA on May 7, 1938. His family moved to Lake Worth, FL in 1942 and to Vero Beach in 1946. He graduated from Vero Beach Senior High in 1956, where he was an all star athlete, lettering in four sports. He attended Florida Southern College, majoring in physical education and graduated in 1961. He returned to Vero and began his teaching career that same year. In 1976 he received his Masters degree in education from Nova University. He taught and coached at Vero Beach Junior High, was a Guidance Counselor at Gifford Middle Six, and ended his long career at Rosewood Elementary. He was president of the Indian River County Education Association in its earliest years and later served long term as their chief negotiator. His contributions to the educational system of this county were many and far reaching. He retired from teaching in 1994. He was twice named Teacher of the Year, being one of the earliest for the entire county in 1972, and again honored by Rosewood school in his last year, 1994. After retirement he returned to work as a Custodian at Dodgertown Elementary for 2 ½ years and was named Employee of the Year. He was well known and respected for his integrity, honesty, compassion and wisdom along with his wonderful sense of humor. His positive influence was felt by thousands of young people in his long career. He was preceded in death by his son, Bill, his daughter, Hope, and his parents, Fred (former Mayor of Vero Beach) and Lois Carlsen. He is survived by his beloved family, his wife of 45 years, Pat, his sons Dirk and Erik, daughter-in-law Tiffany and granddaughter Brynleigh, his family by love, Alan and Laura Kauffmann, Scott and Ainsley Seeley, and Kiera Black and their children Bryce, Laura, Kade, Kelsie and Camden, all of Vero Beach. In addition he leaves his brother Fred Carlsen and his wife, Barbara, of Elkton, Florida, his sister Lueta Sellers and her husband Frank, of Edenton, North Carolina, 3 nieces, 3 nephews, and their spouses and children, plus many dear and loyal friends. He loved well and was much loved in return. He will be sorely missed. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. with a Memorial Service to follow at 2 p.m., at the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home, 1655 27th Street, Vero Beach, on Saturday, September 21, 2013. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Environmental Learning Center. An online guestbook may be signed at www.lowtherfuneralhome.com
Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory
1655 27th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960
Published in the TC Palm on Sept. 20, 2013