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Gustaf "Gus" O. Carlson

Gustaf "Gus" O. Carlson

May 5, 2017

Gustaf O. “Gus” Carlson, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017, at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital.

Gus was born on July 30, 1927, to Charles Oscar and Lisa Greta (Mickelson) Carlson in Ludington, Michigan.

He and his sister Myrtle came to Eau Claire in 1940 and 1941 to live with their aunt and uncle who operated a bakery/candy/deli store on Barstow and Eau Claire Streets, Carlson’s Fruit and Nut.  Gus worked in the store and ran the popcorn machine on the corner during the summer.  He attended Eau Claire Public Schools and left senior high to join the Navy during WWII, graduating with the class of 1947 after being honorably discharged.  Majoring in advertising he attended and graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, MN.

Gus was employed by The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram in the advertising sales department for 38 years.  After he retired he joined the staff at Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home where he worked for over 20 years.  He also worked as a school crossing guard for the public schools at the corner of 5th & Lake St. 

Gus married Sally Ann Davey on Oct. 8, 1955, at Lake Street United Methodist Episcopal Church in Eau Claire and was blessed with two sons Timothy Mark and Jeffrey Daniel.

Gus served and was active in church activities at Epiphany Lutheran, The Lutheran Church of St. Matthew and Concordia Ev. Lutheran Church, all in Eau Claire serving as an elder, usher and on the finance committee.  Additionally, he served with the Gideons for many years where he spoke the word of God in many churches. In years past he was also active in the community with Boyd School PTA, Boy Scouts of America, Eau Claire Noon Lions Club, and Salvation Army Advisory Board.

Gus’s greatest joy was spending many summer vacations in and around Ludington Michigan walking the beaches along Lake Michigan with his wife and family, and visiting his many relatives.  Gus and Sal traveled to several states but Michigan always called him home. He also had a fitting epitaph: “Lord Thy Sea Is So Great and My Boat Is So Small.”

He thoroughly enjoyed early morning coffee with his McDonald’s Bunch on Hastings Way where they managed to solve the problems of the world, and he wanted to give sincere thanks to their staff for their gracious hospitality over the years.  During the summer, Gus loved picnics around the area and around the Mississippi River after church on Sundays.  He took great pride in his former home of 37 years on Hodgeboom Ave. in Eau Claire tending to his yard and many beautiful flowers before moving to Altoona.  In his later years, he acquired a passion for reading and developed a nice library for himself and to share with others.  Gus was a true gentleman in every since of the word.

Gus is survived by his wife, Sally of 62 years; two sons, Timothy (Kathy) and twin daughters Abigail “Abby” and Sarah; Jeffrey and children, Brenden Smith and Ashley Carlson all of Eau Claire; Nieces, nephews, and cousins by the dozens in Michigan’s L.P.  Also by a “special” Ludington cousin Bill Klemm, who was the brother he never had. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Myrtle; brother-in-law, Lee Gorton; and all of his aunts and uncles.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Concordia Ev. Lutheran Church with Rev. Aaron J. Hamilton & Fredrick W. Theiste officiating.  Burial will immediately follow the service at Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire.  Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of services, Wednesday, at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials are prefered to Concordia Ev. Lutheran Church 3715 London Road Eau Claire, WI 54701.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Altoona is serving the family.  


11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Concordia Ev. Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.


1 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Concordia Ev. Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.