Stephen V. "Steve" Karlson (1941 - 2012)

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Stephen V. "Steve" Karlson, age 70, of Conway, formerly of Belmont, Mass., Hendersonville, Tenn., and Arlington, Texas, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at Conway Regional Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 14, 1941, in Waterbury, Conn., a son of the late Gunnar George and Lilly Linnea (Bergman) Karlson.
He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ann Holliday Karlson; and his second wife, Jo Steele Karlson; and a brother, Richard Jeffrey Karlson.
Steve was a retired Captain with the United States Air Force; and was also a retired salesman for Johnson and Johnson. In later years, he also served as a Deputy Sheriff for Faulkner County. He was a faithful member of Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Conway.
Survivors are his sons, Jeffrey Holliday Karlson of Conway; Stephen Victor "Jay" Karlson Jr. of Arlington, Texas; a sister, Judith Karlson Allen of Berkley, Calif.; and 2 grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012.
A memorial service honoring Steve's life will follow in the chapel of Griffin Leggett Conway, 1751 Dave Ward Dr., Conway.
Please send the family your memories of Steve and messages of love and encouragement to his online guestbook at

Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from July 18 to July 25, 2012