Lars A. Carlson, 85, and a former resident of Amherst, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, after a brief illness. Lars was a resident of Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky, for the past 2 1/2 years.
Lars was born June 9, 1928, in Akron, Ohio, son of the late Lars Collin and Eva Elinor Carlson. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. While based at Otis Air Force Base in Falmouth, Mass., Lars met his future wife, Lorraine, and they were married 58 years at her death in 2007. When Lars returned from the service, he enrolled in Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business. For 32 years he was employed by Ford Motor Company, Lorain Assembly, as an inspector. While working at Ford, Lars and his family resided in Sheffield Lake, Lorain, and Amherst.
Lars loved the Cleveland Indians and Browns, reading the Morning Journal, playing poker and Bingo, and travelling to casinos.
Survivors include his daughter, Valerie Carlson (Duane Harnegie), of North Olmsted, Ohio; his grandson, Eric and his wife, Courtney Erickson, of Maryland.
In addition to his wife and parents, Lars was preceded in death by his sisters, Sally Mandich and Bea Dido.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Lars will be buried with his beloved Lorraine this summer in Cape Cod.
Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, Amherst, was entrusted with arrangements.