Paul Joseph Carlson
Paul J. Carlson "Catfish," 80, of Anderson, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at the Alexandria Care Center after an extended illness.
Paul was born on Sept. 8, 1939, in Evansville, to Thury and Alma (Honkala) Carlson, and was the youngest of four children. He relocated to Anderson with his family at a young age where he would spend the remainder of his life.
Paul graduated from Anderson High School in 1957, and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy. Paul married Betty Kay (Barrett) in 1962, and together, they had four children, David, Andrew, Christina, and Richard.
Paul was employed at McHenry's Oil Co., Nicholson File, Anderson Mattress Co., and retired from the City of Anderson as a bailiff in 2008. He was a lifetime member of Christ Lutheran Church of Anderson.
Paul loved the outdoors and family sports, spending his free time coaching T-ball and Little League. Paul was also an avid hunter and loved his fishing, where he earned the nickname "Catfish." Paul also enjoyed gardening, woodcarving and his annual fishing trips to Phelps, Wisconsin, where he satisfied his dream of catching the "trophy Muskie."
Paul is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Kay of Anderson; children, David (Kim) Carlson of Alexandria, Andrew (Laura) Carlson of Indianapolis, Christina Smith-Jones of Anderson, and Richard (Lisa) Carlson of Daleville; nine grandchildren, Cody, Cory Smith-Jones, Cameron (Haley), Kaitlyn, Cyle (Sydnie), Meghan, Nicholas, Luke and Nathan; great-grandchildren, Luke Smith-Jones, Jaxon and Axel; several stepgrandchildren; brothers, Marvin (Phyllis) Carlson, Chuck (Carol) Carlson; sister-in-law, Mrs. John (Delores) Carlson.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, John; son-in-law, Michael Smith; special cousin, Marilyn Tracy; and Aunt Irene Harp.
Special thanks to Community Hospital of Anderson, Miller's Merry Manor of Chesterfield and Alex Care Center of Alexandria.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, the Anderson Humane Society or the Anderson Education Foundation-Anderson Community Schools.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service with Kent Stookey officiating. Burial will follow in East Maplewood Cemetery.
Visitation will be Saturday from noon until the service at the funeral home.
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Published on November 6, 2019


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Bill L Burt
Nov 06, 2019
I took pictures of Paul and his grandson at AHS football game .