BOONE, Iowa—With deep sadness we announce the passing of W. Dean Carlson, husband, father, grandfather, and devoted friend. On April 19, 2022, at the age of 92, he died peacefully with his children by his side.
On November 30, 1929, Dean was born in Boone, Iowa to his parents, Reuben and Dorothy Carlson. Dean met his wife Helen at a 4-H roller skating party. On November 2, 1952, they were married at First Presbyterian Church in Boone. They resided on the Carlson family farm until the death of his beloved wife of 68 years.
Dean was a member of the Mackey United Methodist Church and served as a township administrator for many years. He loved displaying his Christmas lights and on the 4th of July he enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends to watch his fireworks. Dean also enjoyed ballroom dancing (especially when his children could come) and playing the piano. He enjoyed gardening, model railroading, bird watching and stamp collecting in his youth.
Dean had a strong, direct and decisive personality with a deep love for his wife and family.
He is the father of Richard (Sharon) Carlson, Terry (Bill) Wilson and Reuben (Jan) Carlson. He is the grandfather of Sarah (Jeff), Matthew (Kelly), Hannah (Alex), Rebekah (Matthew), Michelle (Jason), John, Eric, Joshua, Joseph and Daniel. He is also the great-grandfather of Maria, Ana, Matthew, Jonathan, Ila, Violet, Hadley Harper, Mya, Addi, Bristol, Noah and Madelyn.
He is predeceased by his wife Helen, his son Scott Allen and his parents, Reuben and Dorothy Carlson. He will be greatly missed and will remain in our hearts forever.
Visitation with family present to greet friends will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at Schroeder-Stark-Welin Funeral Home. A private family funeral service will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Mackey Cemetery in Boone County.
Memorials are suggested to the Boone Area Humane Society or the Mackey Community Preservation Fund and can be sent to C/O Schroeder-Stark-Welin Funeral Home, PO Box 116, Boone, IA 50036.
Online condolences can be posted at www.schroederfuneral.com
Schroeder-Stark-Welin Funeral Home, 609 7th Street, Boone is assisting the family with these arrangements.