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Gary J. Carlson

February 7, 1943 ~ December 28, 2021 (age 78)


Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at the age of 78. Husband of Kathleen for 54 years and her partner for over 60. Dad of Sarah Carlson and Clayton (Sarah) Carlson. Papa to grandchildren Leo, Miles, Taylor and Joseph. Preceded in death by his parents Elroy “Swede” and Marie, sister Patsy, and many beloved friends and dogs.

No service will be held per Gary’s wishes, but his family will celebrate his life on his birthday.

Gary was equally dedicated to his family as his career at United Parcel Service. He was very proud of the UPS breakfast club he initiated for the retirees. While his work had his mind, his family had his heart. Gary was a frugal yet consummate provider for his family, an early riser who would meticulously create lists on 3x5 note cards to plan and accomplish his daily tasks. He enjoyed many years camping with his family and sitting around a bonfire. In retirement, his life was enhanced with their cottage on Forest Lake in the Kettle Moraine, where he taught himself to fish. Gary always enjoyed sharing with others the enjoyment of his childhood model train and safari-crafted train table. He was known for making up “chores” for his grandkids, so they could earn a few dollars. He was an avid Packers and Brewers fan, and loved a good fish fry. Gary will be missed by all who knew and loved him.


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