Bill L. Carlson

Bill L. Carlson, 76, of Parsons passed away at 8:25 a.m. Sunday, March 21, 2021, at Labette Health. 

Billy Lee Carlson was born on Nov. 16, 1944, to Oscar Leonard and Eunice Lucitta (Dollard) Carlson in St. John’s, Michigan. As a young boy, he moved with his family to Arkansas City, where he grew up and attended school, graduating from Arkansas City High School. 

Following high school Bill moved to Parsons and worked at Kress Five and Dime. After moving to and working in Miami, Florida, for several years, Bill returned to Parsons. He was a supervisor at Slayman Beverage and the Anheuser distributor. He was then a custodian for Parsons schools until his retirement.

Bill enjoyed spending time outdoors, taking care of his yard, watching softball and taking drives around the lake.

On May 19, 1973, Bill married Betty Totten at Geuda Springs. The couple later divorced. He later married Dixie Sissel. The couple later divorced.

Survivors include two sons, Scott Carlson of Tuscon, Arizona, and Clint Carlson of Fort Worth, Texas; two daughters, Karena Stirk of Reno, Nevada, and Inger Carlson of Wichita; seven grandchildren; and a brother, Bob Carlson and his wife, Rose, of Shell Knob, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Fred Carlson; and a sister, Margaret Rapp.

No service has been planned. Following cremation, burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery. Cremation is under the direction of the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home of Parsons.

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