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Gordon M. Carlson

Gordon M. Carlson

Gordon M. Carlson, 89, of Green Bay, Wis., died Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. He was born on May 5, 19 to the late George and Esther (Anderson) Carlson in Cloquet, Minn. He graduated from Cloquet High School in 1943, was enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1945 at Fort Snelling, and received his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1956 and his master's degree in guidance counseling in 1968. Gordon married the former Dorothy Jean Gulbrandson on June 26, 1954, in Cloquet. They made their homes in Duluth, Minn., and Cloquet before moving to Green Bay in 1964 where Gordon began his career as a guidance counselor at Green Bay West High School, retiring in 1987.

During their retirement together, Gordon and Dorothy enjoyed many winters in Ocala, Fla., and summers at "The Lake" in Shawano, Wis. Gordon was an avid NFL and college football fan, enjoyed a good game of golf, bowling (was in a men's league and couples league), poker and cribbage. He also enjoyed singing in various choirs for over 70 years.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Bobbi Carlson (David Van Handel); granddaughter, Robbi (Chris) Dewsnap and their children, Logan and Nathan; his son, Tim Carlson (Dennis Krenn) and Tim's children, Tarin (Josh) Gilley of Memphis, Tenn., and Courtney and Garrett of Green Bay; and his two nieces, Donna (Paul) Tanzer of Wauwatosa, Wis., and Diane (Scott) Endorf of Plymouth, Minn. Gordon is also survived by several cousins and friends throughout the United States.

He was particularly proud of his 23 years of sobriety and has been a faithful member of AA, attending weekly Tuesday afternoons. Those members who knew Gordon from there are also remembered and greatly appreciated for the continued support that they provided him throughout the years.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; Dorothy's parents, Harold and Sybil Gulbrandson; his brothers, G. Donald Carlson and wife Jean and Robert Carlson; Tim's former wife, Kim L. Carlson; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

The family would like to thank their Bethel Lutheran Church family (especially Pastor Amy and Molly), and his hospice team from Aurora Visiting Nurses, Val, Sheila and Mary.

Visitation: Saturday, Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. funeral service at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1350 Bond St., with the Rev. Amy Engebose officiating. Interment will be at Nicolet Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Gordon's name.

Arrangements by Lyndahl Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

January 8, 2015 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.