Richard E. Carlson, 91, of 104 Robinson Ave., WE, died Saturday, May 17, 2014, in WCA Hospital.
He was born July 9, 1922, in Celoron, N.Y., the son of the late Emil and Dorothy Kaufeld Carlson.
Richard was a 1941 graduate of the former Celoron High School, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired as a master chief boatswain's mate (E-9) after 24 years. Following retirement from the Navy, he moved back to Jamestown and worked at Crescent Tool, Jamestown Veneer and Plywood, Pri Det and Allied Alarm.
Richard was a member of the Celoron United Methodist Church, Celoron/WE Senior Citizens, Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, Herman Kent Post 777 American Legion and The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA).
Richard was a former Boy Scout leader. He en-joyed bird watching and loved animals. He was a hard worker, a loving husband, father and grandfa-ther. He will be missed by all that knew him as a funny, dependable friend that would give you the shirt off his back. He was proud to have served his country and loved being close to family and friends. On the Thursday before he passed, he spent the evening listen-ing to a Bluegrass band at the Lakewood American Legion. He was active to the end.
Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Shirley Strong Carlson; a son, Marc (Jacqueline) Carlson of San Clemente, Calif.; daughter in-law, Linda Carlson of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren: Christy, Nicole, Rick, Blake, Rachel, Branden, Brent, Rebecca and Jacob; two great-grandchildren: Eric and Danny; a sister, Mary (Kaz) Watanbe of Belleview, Wash.; three nephews: Kevin (Pam) Till of Jamestown, Tim and Leif Watanabe of Washington state; and a niece, Kathy (Don) Wynans of Celoron.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons: Richard D. Carl-son and Jeffrey A. Carlson; and a sister, Lillian Till.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Heather Allport-Cohoon and the Rev. Rick LaDue will officiate. Entombment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service Wednesday in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Celoron United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 553 Celoron, NY 14720 or Alzheimer's Association of WNY, 2805 Wehrle Drive Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221-7380 or the Ameri-can Cancer Society Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons Street, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Richard at www.lindfuneralhome. com.