Richard D. Carlson, 82, of Wayne, owner of Carlson Clearwater Fish Farms, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at a Sioux City, Iowa hospital.
Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Concord Evangelical Free Church in Concord. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne with family present.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.
Memorials may be directed to the Carlson family for later designation.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne.
Richard Duane Carlson was born March 19, 1935 in Wisner to Reuben and Josephine (Melker) Carlson. He married Jeannette McPherran on May 24, 1953. To this union six children were born. They divorced in 1991. Richard married Doris Montgomery on August 23, 2008.
Richard’s life’s work was long and diverse and included farming with his dad, working at a dairy, an auto salvage company, and for a plumber. He started Carlson Construction Company at age 19, built the Billy Sunday Tabernacle in Sioux City, Iowa, 43 homes in the Wayne area, four post offices, five telephone buildings, and numerous other buildings in northeast Nebraska. He was the first building inspector for the City of Wayne, taught vocational classes at Northeast Nebraska Community College, and subcontracted with People’s Natural Gas Company for 33 years installing gas service lines, mains, and system upgrades. He was a master builder, master plumber, master electrician, and an inventor. His greatest passion was all things related to fish. He started Carlson Clearwater Fish Farms in 1979 as a side business and enjoyed building the business and many friendships with suppliers and customers until his passing. He enjoyed providing fish for the annual Boys and Girls Club fishing derby in Des Moines, Iowa, then watching the kids catch the tagged fish to claim prizes and scholarships.
Richard enjoyed gardening, wildlife, and especially watching Purple Martins return each year to the birdhouses his father built. He received his private pilot’s license in the shortest time ever (at the time) in the State of Nebraska. He owned a four-seat 150 Stinson Voyager airplane and also flew twin engine and high performance planes.
Survivors include his wife, Doris (Montgomery) Carlson; his siblings: Beverly (Neal) Van Fossen of Rosemead, Calif., Elzira Fritz of Clifton, Colo., Phyllis (Clarence “Tank”) Wellbrock of Bullhead City, Ariz., Ronald (Bitsy) Carlson of Boulder, Colo. and Steve (Maxine) Carlson of Belgrade, Mont.; former wife: Jeannette (Carlson) Boyer of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.; their children: Cindia (Brian) Lessmann of Lincoln, Rich (Judy) Carlson of Cedar City, Utah, Marvel (Terry) Rahn of Wakefield, Connie (Stanley) Dohmen of Springfield, David (Bobby) Carlson of Owasso, Okla., and Jo (Jeff) Peters of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.; 15 grandchildren: 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marvel J. Carlson; granddaughter, April L. Dohmen; great-grandson, Troy T. Dohmen; brother-in-law, Don Fritz; niece, Sandra Wellbrock; and nephew, Terry Wellbrock.