Capt. Thomas A. Carlson Jr. (Ret.), 92, a longtime resident of Maple Lake, Madisonville and Covington Twp., died Tuesday evening at the home of his daughter. His wife of 68 years is the former Ruth E. Pidgeon.
Born in Wenonah, N.J., son of the late Thomas A. Carlson Sr. and Tomine Sørine Bjerge Carlson, he was a graduate of Pitman High School and Taylor Business School in Philadelphia. After school he joined the Army
Air Force, where he served during World War II
as a tail gunner in a B-17. He flew 29 missions in the European and African theaters. After leaving active service, he served with the Army Reserve until 1965. He spent 10 years in Florida working as a ship supplier for Harry Santos & Co. until retiring in 1983, when he came back to this area. He was very proud of his Norwegian heritage and just this Thanksgiving recited his favorite Norwegian poem at dinner. He was a member of Maple Lake United Methodist Church.
Also surviving are a daughter, Jeanne R. DeSandis and husband, Peter, Covington Twp.; a son, Thomas A. Carlson III and wife, Kirsten, Oslo, Norway; four grandchildren, Christina Hitchcock, Nadine Cipriano, Daniel DeSandis and Marielle Carlson; three great-grandchildren, Joseph, Rocco and Dominic; nieces, nephews and several cousins in Norway.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Baker; and a brother, Edward Carlson.
The funeral will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Maple Lake United Methodist Church, Route 690 and Harriet Drive, Spring Brook Twp. Interment with military honors in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends and family are asked to go directly to the church.
Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, 3 First St., Spring Brook Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Lake United Methodist Church at the address above. For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit www.strauchfuneralhomes.com