Ernest (Ernie) Carlson passed away March 1st, 2010. He fought a courageous battle with cancer and was an inspiration to all that met him and had the opportunity to sit and visit with him.
Ernie had an adventurous life starting out very young when he and his family relocated to Oregon from Iowa. He has some very humorous stories of goats running in and out of the house they eventually called home. He and his family raised strawberries and cut old growth timber for years. At the age of 17 he graduated from Silverton High School and joined the Navy. He served during World War II in the Philippines and Australia.
Ernie married Margaret (Peggie) Parker in 1958. They were married just shy of 52 years at his passing. Their married life started in California, moved them to Portland, OR, back to California and finally back to Oregon. After their last move in 1976, they lived on the family farm that he grew up on. Then in October of 2009 he and Peggie moved into their new home in Keizer.
Ernie worked as a master auto mechanic for almost 20 years in San Diego. He then worked as a skilled mechanic in the defense industry. In 1974 he achieved his lifelong dream and became an owner-operator of an 18-wheeler. Ernie finished his career as a mechanic before retiring.
Ernie was the outstanding father to seven children, grandfather to twelve and great grandfather to five. All of his children have the memories of a man who supported their dreams, encouraged their growth and never missed an opportunity to tell them how proud he was of their accomplishments. Ernie was an inventor. Anyone who knew him was astounded at how smart he was. He would tinker out in his garage, shop or wherever he was, coming up with better, smarter, faster ways for things to work. He created some of the most beautiful birdhouses and jewelry boxes out of what others would have considered scraps. If you never saw the gun safes that he built; they would rival any store bought safe and the locking mechanism would astound a locksmith with its detail and complexity.
When he started to slow down he was still meticulous about how he wanted things. He loved his cat, Kato and would sit with him in his recliner for hours. Kato was a regular visitor when he was resting and as companions there was a kinship there that his kids didn’t really understand☺. You have to know he was not a cat enthusiast when we were growing up.
We will miss Ernie (Dad). He was a loving husband, a terrific father, a doting grandfather and a friend to many. He didn’t judge, he didn’t lecture, but he did listen. His legacy lives on with his family. We know he is in a better place and no longer is suffering which is God’s blessing.
Please join us in celebrating his life and remembering the wisdom and happiness that he shared with us throughout the years.
Survivors include his wife Margaret Carlson of Keizer, Oregon; sons Paul (Melanie) Carlson, William (Kim) Carlson, Tom Carlson, Patrick (Cindy) Carlson; daughters Dawn (Nellen) Govender, Cathleen (Roger) Twitty, Amanda (Roy) Jones; grandchildren Tammy Hesrud, Joe Becker, Glen Carlson, Christian Carlson, Christopher Twitty, Matthew Carlson, Kaitlan Carlson, Kelsey Reeves, Mark Jones, Kayleigh Carlson, Mikayla Carlson, Sarah Carlson, Ruth Carlson; great grandchildren Courtney Marie Becker, Paul Becker, Jamie Hesrud, Elijah Twitty, and Blaine Reeves.
Preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mildred Wolf. Rosary 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 5, 2010 Unger Funeral Chapel ~ Silverton, Oregon Memorial Mass 2:30 a.m., Saturday, March 6, 2010 St. Paul’s Catholic Church ~ Silverton, Oregon Rite of Commital St. Paul’s Cemetery ~ Silverton, Oregon