OBITUARY

Paul Edward Carlson

June 29, 1949March 24, 2019
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Paul Edward Carlson of Waynesburg Pennsylvania, died at his home Sunday, March 24, 2019.

He was born June 29, 1949, son of J. E. Victor and Ruby Lorraine Knobloch Carlson. A graduate of Waynesburg High School, he entered Waynesburg University where he majored in Spanish and was awarded the B. A. degree in 1971.

Following college, he began his work career as a staff writer for the Observer-Reporter newspaper. Later he became an air traffic controller, serving in Morgantown, WV, West Lafayette IN, Greater Pittsburgh International, and Ithaca, NY. He went on to work for nearly 20 years for Alltel and Windstream Communications in Greene County, Ohio, and Murraysville.

Paul had a life-long love of music, playing tuba in the High School band and participating in musicals. In college he sang throughout his undergraduate career with the touring choir The Lamplighters, and continued to sing with them after he had graduated.

In recent years, as a member of the First Methodist Church of Waynesburg, he continued with his love of music; singing in the church choir and performing with the RLW Quartet, recently winning the July 4 Lions Club competition. Over the years, he also sang with several other church choirs in Waynesburg. A quiet, humble person, Paul was active in his community, serving as a volunteer for many years with Meals on Wheels, where he was valued by fellow volunteers and clients alike. He also served as judge of elections at the polls.

He enjoyed a number of hobbies, including golf, darts, and participation in trivia tournaments. One of his favorite activities was vacationing with his extended family, especially his nieces and nephews. He also enjoyed monthly dinners with his friends from his high school class.

He is survived by his two brothers, Jack (Lynn) Carlson, of Bel Air, MD, and Mark (LuAnn) Carlson of Waynesburg, Pa; also nephews John (Ginger) Carlson, of Chandler, AZ, Shawn (Jamie) Carlson, of Sewickley, PA; nieces Allison (Bernie) Yutesler, of Columbia, MD, and Amy (Kristina) Carlson, of Perry Hall, MD; also several grandnieces and grandnephews: Regan Carlson of Waynesburg, Stella and Enzo Carlson of Sewickly; James and Christopher Carlson of Chandler, AZ, and Zoey Pom Carlson of Columbia, MD.

  • FAMILY

  • Rev. J.E. Victor Carlson, Father
  • Ruby Knobloch Carlson, Mother
  • Jack (Lynn) Carlson, Brother
  • Mark (LuAnn) Carlson, Brother
  • John (Ginger) Carlson, Nephew
  • Shawn (Jamie) Carlson, Nephew
  • Allison (Bernie) Yutesler, Niece
  • Amy (Kristina) Carlson, Niece
  • Also surviving are several grandnieces and grandnephews: Regan Carlson, Stella and Enzo Carlson; James and Christopher Carlson, and Zoey Pom Carlson.
  • DONATIONS

  • First United Methodist Church of Waynesburg
  • Meals on Wheels

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 29, 2019
REMEMBERING

Paul Edward Carlson

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Jack Carlson

March 30, 2019

Let me share a little Paul story that has long seemed symbolic to me, one which even Paul himself chuckled at. When we were kids living up on Sayers Avenue, near the college library, our parents put an addition on the house. Out of some of the left-over paneling, Paul fashioned a little rectangular box, perhaps a foot-and-half long, 12 inches wide, and a couple of inches deep. He then put a padlock on it. And kept it around in plain sight in his room, arousing everyone’s curiosity, satisfying no one’s. At long last my parents could stand it no longer, and forced him to open it, much to Paul’s displeasure. The contents they found therein? A collection of old road maps. By the way, there are other similar stories—all with the same plot line, all with the same outcome.
But this was Paul. You could never pry anything of value from him by force. If you tried, you would be disappointed. But if you were willing to let him live and give on his own terms, you would see him delivering meals on wheels or working the polls on election day; you would find him sharing facts and ideas in a way you would never have thought of; and you would most assuredly hear him singing his heart out for the glory of God and the pleasure of others.

Dave and Cindy Garrison

March 28, 2019

Our deepest sympathies to the Carlson family. May your many good memories of your brother Paul sustain you in the days ahead. There may be an empty seat at the table but always a full "Paul-shaped" place in your heart.

Dave and Cindy Garrison

Beatrice Hook

March 28, 2019

We are sad to hear about Paul's passing. We loved his wit and gentle manner. May Paul rest in peace.
Bill, Amanda, Alyssa and I are sending our condolences to the entire Carlson family.
With sympathy,
Beatrice and family

Jeff Kisner

March 28, 2019

Maya Angelou once wrote, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I remember Dr. Angelou’s sage quotation upon Paul’s death. I remember feeling when I was with Paul a lightness of being affirmed, embraced when heard by a fellow struggler on the way, and inspired when singing with him in choirs. We never played enough golf together when we talked about politics, church, theology, and everything WC. His favorite professional golfer was Paula Creamer: they shared a name and a piece of fine china she had signed. Paul’s death reminds me how much I miss all my friends in SWPA after moving to the NC Piedmont three years ago. But I dearly miss how Paul Carlson made me feel, especially over a cold one at Rohanna’s after my annoying 40+ on the front 9. Damn it: I bested him only once there. Hey, Mark: how about some more pictures?

Charlene Graham

March 27, 2019

We will all miss your friendship at Waynesburg FUMC. You were always such a "sweet, sweet presence in this place" with a smile & good morning at the ready. I loved watching you sing with such conviction in the choir! Now you are singing with Jesus!

clyde thomas

March 27, 2019

My thoughts and prayer go out to the Carlson family. Another great classmate of WHS Class of '67 will be missed. My you Rest in Peace Paul.

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