Ronald L. Carlson

Born: Sat., Jan. 7, 1928
Died: Fri., May 15, 2020

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Ronald L. Carlson, 92, of Sugar Grove, PA passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020 at his winter residence in Florida.

He was born on January 7, 1928 in Warren, PA, a son to the late Ivan and Marie (Black) Carlson. Ron was a member of the F. & A.M. of Pennsylvania for over 50 years, the A.A.S.R Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, the USA Valley of Jamestown and also the Sugar Grove Mission Covenant Church.

     A true believer of the American Dream, Ron exemplified this with his actions of dedication to working hard to produce a happy and successful life not only for himself but his family.  He believed in investing in the future.  Anyone who had a conversation with him about investing knows that he was a big fan of “the reinvestment program”. He retired from the National Forge and had a private business of managing several rental properties.  

As hard as Ron worked, he knew it was important to have fun too. He enjoyed taking his family to Sauble Beach, Canada for vacations each year.  This was shared with his brother Herb and family as well as good friends the Chapels.   Ron was always a fan of boating and water skiing right up until the age of 82 when he put on the skis for the last time.  Many hours were spent on Chautauqua Lake providing skiing and tubing time for family and friends after which his wife Alice would provide a picnic dinner.  Ron and Alice also enjoyed cruising and traveling all over the world.  Always interested in history, Ron coordinated many of his travel destinations to include a place with an interesting background. He shared these adventures with his children when they were young, and as they grew up, he generously included their spouses and children.  

Once he completely retired, Ron enjoyed gardening and time spent with friends and family both here in PA and his winter home in Fruitland Park, Florida. Always up for a good prank and fun, Ron delighted in making people laugh.  Although not a game player, in later years he was very fond of playing Dominos.  He will be missed dearly.

Ron is survived by his children: Kris Carlson, Kent (Jackie) Carlson, Karen (Greg) Beck; daughter-in-law: Romona Carlson; grandchildren: Angela (Nick) Raynor and Erik Carlson, a great-granddaughter Gwenyth Raynor, a step-grandson, Jed (Meredith) Smith and a great step-granddaughter, Harper.

In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by the love of his life and reason for living, Alice L. Carlson (2011), whom he married, August 27. 1949, his first born son, Douglas Carlson (2014), and two brothers, Gilbert and Herbert Carlson.

A private funeral service and burial will be held at the Mission Covenant Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sugar Grove Mission Covenant Church, 7205 Matthews Run Road, Sugar Grove PA, 16350, the Sugar Grove Free Library, 22 Harmon Street, Sugar Grove, PA 16350, the Community United Methodist Church, 309 College Ave, Fruitland Park, Florida 34731 or to the Herbert I.F. and Bonnelyn “Anne” Carlson Service Scholarship at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, 418 Spring Street, Jamestown, NY 14701.

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Paula Genco Verga & Bob Verga
   Posted Thu May 21, 2020
My life will be a Little more empty not being able to talk to Rink anymore. He meant the World to me. If it wasn't for him inviting me to stay with them I would never have found my Beloved Amelia Island. I will miss Our Lunches together, his Emails to me and His smile.God Bless I will keep the family in my thought and prayers.

Terry Carlson
   Posted Thu May 21, 2020
Rink was not only my son's grandpa, but my beloved father-in -law and friend! He was one of the kindest men that I ever met! I will miss our lunches when he was in Sugar Grove and
visits to see his flowers & vegetable garden. I will really miss our boat rides on Chautauqua Lake. He taught my son Erik how to waterski when he was in his 70's!! He always had a kind word for everyone. It was a pleasure to know him. I will miss his laugh & smile.

John and Jackie Catlin
   Posted Fri May 22, 2020
So sorry to learn of Rinks passing. He was such a pleasure to be with. All the stories he and laughs he had with my Dad and he shared with us. He was a true friend to my Dad. He always had a smile where ever he was, even when he cane in our dental office. May you always cherish his memories. Our prayers are with you all. John and Jackie Catlin

Beverly Chapel
   Posted Sat May 23, 2020
I would like to express my sympathy to you all. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad, we sure had a lot of fun, all of us being together.
My kindest regards,

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