OBITUARY

Ralph Carlson

February 28, 1926November 8, 2010

Carlson, Reverend Ralph Rev. Ralph A. Carlson, at the age of 84, passed away November 8, 2010, after a full and blessed life. Graduate of Augustana Theological Seminary in 1952, he dedicated his life to being the Lord's good and faithful servant. As a Lutheran pastor, he served parishes in San Francisco; San Diego; Kailua, Hawaii; Glendale, Arizona; The Hague, Netherlands; and Bonn, Germany. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and is survived by his current wife, Carol; sister, Beverly (Gene) Wessman; children, David (Holly) Carlson, Bryan (Sandy) Carlson, Nancy (Ed) Sutter; grandchildren, Jason (Amber) Carlson, Nicole Toennis, Holly Carlson; and great-grandchildren, Hayden and Malia Carlson, Elyssa and Alena Toennis. Visitation is Thursday, November 11th, 5-7pm at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W. Northern Ave, Glendale. His life will be celebrated on Friday, November 12th, 3pm at St. John's Lutheran Church, 7205 N. 51st Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. John's Lutheran Church, Habitat for Humanity or Lutheran World Relief can be sent to St. John's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. https://view.admission.net/abc/mactive/_ARIZONAREPUBLIC_0000130925/i-1.JPG

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, November 11, 2010
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 12, 2010
REMEMBERING

Ralph Carlson

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Anne Halvorson

November 12, 2010

I remember Ralph as a kind man who, with Helen, "adopted" me when I lived in Bonn, opening their hearts and home to a young ex-pat on Sunday afternoons. Ralph pretended - for a while - that I was helping him learn German; it made me feel more comfortable accepting their generous weekly invitations to spend those quiet afternoons with them. We eventually dropped the pretense, but Ralph did learn to drive "in German." Sundays ended with Ralph pulling on black leather driving gloves, then providing me a(n exciting!) drive home. I will remember Ralph for the example he always set with quiet, calm confidence and openness.
I hope that their own memories of Ralph sustain his family and bring them comfort. Anne Halvorson

Mitch Kelsey

November 12, 2010

Pastor, role model, teacher, friend. He was all of this to me - and more. He lived his words. What more could you ask from a man of God?

November 11, 2010

Ralph was in the West Cluster of Lutheran Churches in 1976 when I began my ministry. He was a supportive partner and my wife Peal and I considered Ralph and Helen to be friends. Though we are unable to attend for physical reasons, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. "Well done, good and faithful servant." Pastor David and Peal Towers

Gene Tharalson

November 11, 2010

I remember Ralph as a friend and as my patient. He was full of life and lived his to the fullest.

He and his family are in my prayers.

Dr. Gene Tharalson

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