Earl V. Carlson

Earl V. Carlson, of Hays, died on February 11, 2020in Topeka at the age of 88. He was born onMarch 2, 1931 in rural Red Willow County, Nebraska to Rodger and Esther Carlson. He was the youngest of 5 children.He graduated from McCook High School, then the University of Nebraska Medical School in 1956. Hewas preceded in death by his brothers, Paul and John, and sisters Ruth and Jean, and his first wife, Marilyn, to whom he was married for nearly 50 years.He served 2 years active duty in the United States Army followed by 2 years in the active reserves.In 1954 he married Marilyn Puelz, and together they had four children before moving toHays, Ks in 1965. He was a partner in Hays Orthopaedic Clinicand practiced medicine there for 33yearsuntil his retirement in 1998. He loved nature, and was an avid birdwatcher until his eyesight failed. He also loved to travel. Marilyn died in 2004. In 2011, he married Sharon Savage.Survivors include: wife, Sharon, Hays, children Bill, Peculiar, MO, Cyd Schmidt(Bob), Topeka, Tim(Arlene), Phoenix, Sue Blackman (David), Topeka, and grandchildren, DanaSchwisow(Ross), RodgerSchmidt(Kelsey), GregSchmidt(Rachel), Corey Lodder (Michelle), EvanLodder, Garrett, Adrienne, and Blake Carlson, Drew Blackman, and great grandchildren, Laney, Ty,andMara Schwisow, Cheyenne Schmidt, and Emily and ConnorLodder. Sharon’s children and grandchildren werealsoa big part of his life. They includeher daughter Marcy Gansel(Chris),Hill City; Greg Savage(Tiffany),Lenexa;andgrandchildren Megan Walker(Colton), Emily, Ethanand Dylan Gansel, Nick and BenSavage.

He was a member of theFirst United Methodist Church of Hays, HaysOptimist Club, and volunteered with other community organizations.Memorial services will be Friday Feb. 28th, 11:00am, at First United Methodist Church of Hays.Private inurnment at a later date.Memorial contributions can be made to the First UnitedMethodist Churchof Hays, or Heart to HeartInternational (Hearttoheart.org).

Earl V. Carlson

  1. Uncle Earl was such a kind and caring man. He always had a quick smile and was such a strong protector of mom. He will be missed.

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