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Mr. Orville Eugene Carlson
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“Gretchen, I was shocked and so saddened when I received your letter this morning. I knew Orvlille had had some health problems, but your Christmas...Read More »
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“We are in Arizona and will not be able to attend services for Orville. We so enjoyed knowing Orville. Gretchen and family are in our prayers. ”
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“I have so many memories going back to our teen years and Orville's relationship with my brother Dick. Of course my relationship with Gretchen goes...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Beverly Medved - Naples, FL

“Proud to have known him. Great guy. RIP ”
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“Jodi & Family, So sorry for you loss! May you find God's Peace in your memories & God's Promise!Dan & Carmen ”
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Orville Eugene Carlson, 89, of Ankeny passed away April 8, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
A visitation will be held 5 -7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 13, 2017. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 14, both at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd).
Orville was born December 21, 1927 in Polk County, Iowa to Emmet and Irene Carlson, and was a graduate of Sheldahl High School. He went on to serve two years during the Korean War in the 40th Infantry Division of the US Army.
After returning home from the war, he married his long time sweetheart, Gretchen Bryant, July 3, 1954 in the Little Brown Church, in Nashua, Iowa.
He worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad after high school. Following his return from the war, he worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber for 30 years until his retirement.
He belonged to the United Rubber Workers Union Local #310, the American Legion Post #42 in Ankeny, and the Sheldahl United Methodist Church.
After retirement, Orville and Gretchen spent several winters in Mesa, AZ, and Mission, TX, until health reasons kept them home.
Orville will be dearly missed by his wife Gretchen, of almost 63 years; their children, Jodi (Greg) Peterson of Nevada, Julie (Steve) Hidder, and Kelly (Kim) Carlson of Ankeny; 6 grandchildren, Brandon Ross, Melissa Peterson (Ryan), Justin Peterson, Jennifer Ross, Brittany and Brock Carlson, step grandson Michael (Dejian) Hidder; 2 step great-grandsons, Weston and Oliver Hidder; a sister Betty Leonard, and 2 brothers, Donald (Dualla) Carlson and Richard (Neva) Carlson.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the caring staff at Sunny View Care Center and Mercy Hospital for their kind and gentle care for Orville during his illness.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Sheldahl United Methodist Church or Albaugh - McGovern Post #42.