Raymond L. Carlson, 80

Raymond L. Carlson, 80, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully Monday morning, December 3, 2012 at his residence.

Born in Racine, WI, he was the husband of Harriet (Anclam) Carlson of Lancaster, and the son of the late Carl and Helen (Ellefson) Carlson.

Raymond was an avid golfer who loved to travel.

He was employed for a number of years by Sperry Corp. and Ford-New Holland, working in their sales and marketing departments.

He was of the Presbyterian faith.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by two daughters:  Cynthia S. Smith and her husband Robert L. of Rio Rancho, NM and Diana L. Carlson of Lancaster; two sons:  David M. Carlson and his wife Nancy L. of Lancaster and Richard S. Carlson and his wife Tamara L. of Lancaster; and four grandsons.  He was preceded in death by four brothers and sisters.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church, 140 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA  17602 with Rev. Dr. Donald W. Hackett officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church.  Burial will be private.

Please omit flowers.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Dr., Box 4125, Lancaster, PA  17604, or to American Cancer Society, 314 Good Dr., Lancaster, PA  17603, or to American Diabetes Assoc., 3544 N. Progress Ave., Ste 101, Harrisburg, PA  17110. To place a condolence online, please visit Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 717-560-5100

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Rest in Peace Dad.  We will never forget you.
Cindy, Bob, Drew, Garrett

Every memory I have of Uncle Ray is warm and happy. It makes me so sad to see another of the great Carlson brothers pass away.  Sending my love you Aunt Harriet, and to all my Carlson cousins.

Mary Jane Thurau

Harriet:  I’m so sorry to hear about Ray’s death.  I will keep you in my prayers during this difficult time.

Linda Guimond

Our thoughts are with you during your time. Ray was a great father to his children and everyone will miss his big laugh and friendship but he won’t forgotten.

Greg and Toni McGrath

Our prayers and thoughts are with you in the passing of your love one. May the fond memories provide you with the comfort that he is now at peace.

With deepest sympathy to all of you.
Marge @ Dick Trout

Aunt Harriet, Cindy, David,Diana and Ricky (can’t call you Richard- sorry ;-))- Uncle Ray was such a charming man, with a devilish laugh. A tru Carlson! He, along with the other ‘Carlson Boys’ gave me a sense of heritage that I was/am so proud of. I send my prayers to you all for strength in this sad time- but also for happiness in his memory. I wish we could be with you on Saturday- but you all will be in our thoughts.

Barby and Wayne Fredrickson

We love you Ray and will miss your Twinkling eyes when you smiled, your sense of humor and your entertaining stories. We felt very blessed to have been a part of your life. Thank you for loving our kids and making them feel special.

Until we meet again,
Andrea, Kevin, Kara and Adam

my hero,my teacher,my father

david m carlson

Dear Harriet:

I read the obits in The Racine Journal Times each morning, and I recognized Ray’s picture before I read his name.  It was a very handsome picture of your dear Hubby, and showed off his great smile.  I recall the fun we three  shared at one of our Horlick class reunions (many years ago) and how I’d hope you two would continue to join in the fun at future reunions.

I was widowed March 4, 2010, and so I know exactly what you are going through and the loss you are feeling.   Everyone will tell you "you have your memories" — and although they mean well, its surely not "the real thing".  I will keep you in my prayers, Harriet.

Janet (Knorr) Heller  == still at 16 Jimlin Lane, Racine, 53402

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