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Carlson, Donald
Donald Brooks Carlson, 85, of 792 S. Academy St., Galesburg, died at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, February 12, 2011 in the Knox County Nursing Home.

He was born December 25, 1925 in Galesburg, the son of Walter E. and Helen E. Lindgren Carlson. He married Bonnie Jean Myers on June 21, 1947 in Knoxville, Ill.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie, two daughters, Rebecca Rae Carlson (and Terry) Gardner of Galesburg and Cynthia Sue Anderson of Moline, Ill., two grandchildren, Andrew Brooks Anderson of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Ashton Roxanna Anderson of Monmouth, Ill., a brother, Rev. John (and Anita) Carlson of Galesburg, and three sisters, Janet Martin (and Harold) Griffith and Lois Malcolm, both of Galesburg, and Barbara (and Ray) Carlson of Woodhull, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Rodger Dean Carlson, and a sister, Caryl Poland.

Donald was a metallurgist, working for Galesburg/Iowa Malleable for over 40 years. He retired in 1997. He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1943 and attended Bradley University. He enjoyed bowling, reading, and traveling. Donald also learned to fly and earned a private pilots license.

Donald served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific, where he participated in the Battle of Tarawa. He was a member of Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 16, 2011 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. His brother, Rev. John Carlson will officiate. Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel. Military rites will be provided at the funeral home on Wednesday. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral. Private family burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Guardian Angels Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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