Larry Gene Carlson

Born: Sat., Mar. 23, 1940
Died: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017


Visitation

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Wed., Dec. 27, 2017
Location: 1st United Methodist Church


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Wed., Dec. 27, 2017
Location: 1st United Methodist Church


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Larry Gene Carlson, 77 of Clinton, passed away on December 20, 2017.  He was born on March 23, 1940 in Clinton, IN to William Carlson and Mary Olive (Wallace) Carlson.
He loved attending Clinton High School, was very active, and graduated in 1958.  He graduated from Indiana State University with a BS in 1962, majored in social studies, and obtained his master’s degree from Indiana State in political science in 1966.
He took time out between his bachelor’s and master’s degrees to serve in the Navy for two years and was a member of the Naval Reserves for several years.
In subsequent years, he continued his education at St. Francis College, Ball State University, and Indiana State University and obtained degrees in counseling and school administration.   He taught social studies and history at Clinton High school and taught English and was yearbook sponsor at North Vermillion High School.  He then taught English at Wabash Jr. High School, before becoming a counselor, then an assistant principal.  His career also included serving as a middle school principal and assistant superintendent in the Tell City public schools, serving as the superintendent at South Harrison Community Schools in Corydon, IN, and returning in 1993 as South Vermillion Community Schools’ superintendent in Clinton until 1998.  He then served as Vermillion County Community Foundation director for two years.
If you knew Larry, you knew he loved antiques, landscaping, construction, restoration, and long drives in the country.  In addition, he built two new houses for Karen and him and helped friends and family members build theirs. Larry was also known as a story teller and always had a joke or humorous event to share. Larry loved people, and it was often said that he was a good listener.
Larry was an active member of the Clinton First United Methodist Church.  He served in many capacities, such as building ramps for the disabled, teaching adult Sunday school, and chairing various committees. He loved children and helped with Vacation Bible School for several years.
Other volunteer work included participating in the Real Men Read program for kindergarten students.   He led the Parke/Vermillion Retired Teachers Association and was a member of the Clinton Optimists Club and the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.
Larry is survived by his wife of nearly 51 years, Karen Ann Cox Carlson; son Patrick William and his wife Tonya of Greenfield, Indiana; daughter Beth Alaine Hibbard and her husband Daniel and two grandchildren, Maya and Kai, all of McKinney, Texas.  He is also survived by his sister Sharon Kay (Carlson) Frazier and by several nieces and nephews.  Preceding Larry in death was his sister Marilyn Jo (Carlson) Walters.  
Visitation will be at the Clinton First United Methodist Church, 310 S. Fourth St. on Wednesday, December 27, from 10:00am to 2:00 pm.  A celebration of Larry’s life will follow at 2:00pm
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clinton First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 186
or to the Vermillion County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 532, Clinton, Indiana 47842.  Online donations may be made at www.wicf-inc.org.  Online condolences may be made at www.fristfuneralhome.com.

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Steve Vitaniemi
   Posted Fri December 22, 2017
Larry was such a caring and gracious person. A wonderful witness of Christ.

Phil and Gail Duncan
   Posted Fri December 22, 2017
My sincere condolences to r family , Mr Carlson was always so nice to us in all our dealings between our Dairy Queen and Gatti's with the SV school system . He will be greatly missed .

Phil and Gail Duncan
   Posted Fri December 22, 2017
Our sincere condolences to your family , Mr Carlson was always so nice to us in all our dealings between our Dairy Queen and Gatti's with the SV school system . He will be greatly missed .

Gary And Lou Ann Andis
   Posted Sat December 23, 2017
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Wish we were there to give all a hug.

Mike and Penny Kennedy
   Posted Sat December 23, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Carlson's family. He was such a great person and family man. Mr. Carson was a great Superintendent and and loved our community. He was always supportive of his teaching staff, of which Penny was one, and of our SV Wildcat softball program during my stint as head coach. His passing is quite a loss for our community.

Sharman Jarboe
   Posted Mon December 25, 2017
Karen and Family, My heart goes out to each of you as you deal with this loss - made even more poignant during the Christmas season. Your many friends here in Perry County lift you each up in prayer. Larry touched so many lives in such a positive fashion. I hope you find comfort in your strong faith as well as the many wonderful memories you share.

Beth Hoke
   Posted Mon December 25, 2017
He was a genuine, compassionate and caring person. He supported teachers, students and the community. I loved his personal approach achieving success in our corporation. He will be missed. My condolences for the family. Beth Hoke

Kim, Chad & Zoe Franz
   Posted Tue December 26, 2017
Pat and Family,
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Tim and Randi Lyn Weeks
   Posted Tue December 26, 2017
Larry was always so friendly and approachable. We have been blessed through the years by knowing both he and Karen. Their genuine interest in people, in a world where many are focused on selfish ambition, has always been refreshing. Celebrating with you the life Larry lived, grieving with you as well. Praying peace for Karen in this next season.

ED and Denise Doss
   Posted Tue December 26, 2017
Karen,
We are so sorry to hear this news. We consider you and Larry to be wonderful friends. You both have been so giving and helpful to whoever needed something over the years. Larry was so supportive of my classroom work (Young authors especially) and both of you volunteered many hours at Ernie Pyle. I admired Larry for his willingness to tackle any
project--church, school, community--and see it through to completion. Please know you are in our prayers as you cope with the days ahead.

TED Ratcliff
   Posted Wed December 27, 2017
Larry was one of the finest gentleman I had the pleasure of meeting at Clinton in the school and community you have myutmost sympathy








Mary E Kelsheimer
   Posted Wed December 27, 2017
Larry was superintendent at SV when I was in my early years of teaching. I also had interaction with him when he was a part of the Community Foundation. He was a great leader who will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace, Larry. Love and prayers for your family during this time.

Mary E Kelsheimer
   Posted Wed December 27, 2017
Larry was superintendent at SV when I was in my early years of teaching. I also had interaction with him when he was a part of the Community Foundation. He was a great leader who will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace, Larry. Love and prayers for your family during this time.

sandra areson
   Posted Wed December 27, 2017
Sorry to hear about your lost. My prayers out to the family. I knew Larry all of my life and I never seen anything but good from him. Larry will be missed.

Mary
   Posted Wed January 03, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

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