Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 East Middle Street, Williamston, MI


Carl William Sodman

March 14, 1948May 14, 2019

Gentlemen start your engines!

Lap One: Carl was born on March 14,1948, to William Carl and Joyce Sodman. He was soon joined by his brother, Charles, and his sister, Carol. He grew up in Perry near all of his family.

Lap Two: High school was a blast while he was part of "The Group" made up of some of his closest lifelong friends: Bob, Steve, Dave L., Fred, Bump, Bruce, and Dave S. They developed a reputation for their many mischievous adventures.

Lap Three: Carl enlisted with the National Guard where he attained the rank of sharp shooter and served as MP.

Lap Four: Here Carl takes a pit stop. He marries Sue and has two beautiful daughters, Patty and Lisa. The young mechanics bring much joy and love to his life.

Lap Five: Carl began working for MSU - GO STATE!! He worked in telecommunications for the athletic department. Some of his favorite memories were of those times working with the football and basketball teams. As if this isn't enough, he also loved bowling, coaching softball, driving go-karts and stock cars, and spending time with so many wonderful friends.

Lap Six: Next, came the grandkids! The joys of his life: Samantha, Vanessa, Katrina, and Jake all joined the pit crew.

Lap Seven: Carl meets Cathie! He gains two more kids Teresa and Steve, and one grandchild, Alara. Now Team Carl is complete.

Lap Eight: Carl approaches many bumps in the road, but he never lost his kind spirit or love for his friends and family. This is exemplified in some of his last words being, "I love everybody!"

Finish Line: His lifetime of love came to an end when Carl received his checkered flag on May 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Please join us for the Victory Lap on August 10 from 1-6 PM at his home (3500 Bath Rd., Perry, Michigan 48872).

Carl was preceded in death by his father, William Carl Sodman, his mother, Joyce Sodman, his brother, Charles (Chuck) Sodman, his brother-in-law, Richard Martin, and his step-mother, Elaine Sodman. Surviving are his wife; Catherine "Cathie" Sodman, daughters; Lisa (Steve) Elzinga and Patricia "Patty" (Jeff) Wyndham, sister Carol Sodman (Jim) Morris, sister-in-law Sharon Sodman, step-children; Teresa (Scott) Renfer, Steve Peterson, grandchildren; Samantha Parkey, Vanessa Parkey, Katrina Elzinga, Alara Crippen, Jake Elzinga, nieces and nephews; Tammy (Dave) Gontarek, Chuck (Andrea) Sodman, Shari Sodman and his dog Zoey Sodman.

Please consider a memorial contribution in memory of Carl to the American Red Cross or Sarcoidosis Society.


10 August

Victory Lap

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Carl's Home

3500 Bath Rd.
Perry, MI 48872


Carl William Sodman

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Chuck Harden

May 23, 2019

So sorry to hear of the passing of a good friend from MSU. I enjoyed the years working with Carl. He loved MSU and served the campus well. Prayers to the family at this time. Chuck Harden

Don & Jackie Gruesbeck

May 23, 2019

A big smile, a lively chat, a sharing of friendship and old memories. Always a joy to run into Carl at the Sports events, the local stores, or other local events. Another star shining in the heavens. Shine brightly Carl , as you did here on Earth. In friendship, Don & Jackie

Susan Hart

May 22, 2019

I will always be profoundly grateful for the two beautiful daughters and four amazing grandchildren he gave me. Our world has lost so much kindness and humor because he is gone from it now, but he will live on in our hearts and minds. He didn't want tears and lamentations when he died, so we will simply strive to "love one another" as he did.

Lisa Stoner

May 20, 2019

Carl drove bus with me. He was a nice guy and loved his kids. Very dependable guy. My he Rest In Peace with his checkered flag.

John Ward

May 20, 2019

My family and I are sad to hear about Carl. We were usually parked next to Carl at Spartan Speedway back when my Daughter and Son were racing there. Carl was always smiling and he always came over to say hello. We have missed seeing the #45 at the track.
Gods Speed Carl.