Donald A. (Driver Don) Carlson, 70, of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully at his home on June 10, 2020 with his family by his side, after courageously fighting to regain his health after suffering a stroke. He was born in Tracy, MN to Austin and Catherine (Brecht) Carlson, and was the youngest of six children.
Don was a graduate of Tracy High School, served and was Honorably Discharged from the United States Air Force, earned his Bachelors of Science Degree from Central Michigan University, then established his career in the freight industry as both a dispatcher and a driver. He loved his regular customers and kept on time if not with a wink and a smile then by always having a pocketful of Dove Chocolates to buy his place in line. He retired as a driver from ABF Freight in Toledo after 25 years.
On his 50th birthday he married his partner for life Ann Marie (Annie) Jones and they combined their families. On their wedding day he jokingly told her he could only promise her 20 good years and being a man of his word, that is exactly what he did. As an anniversary gift he surprised her by taking her on a trip to Mexico where they spent an incredible 8 days shortly before he fell ill.
Don had many interests to occupy his time during retirement which included watching Minnesota Vikings Football, following the myths and legends of Bigfoot and the Aliens, and his Scandinavian heritage (as a young man he was fortunate to travel to Norway with his father).
He loved music of all kinds and you were always guaranteed to find a JW Carlson album in the mix. He was also a self-taught harmonica and spoons player.
He was a master of all things barbecue and had a sauce no one could duplicate, he was the neighborhood handy-man, and had a never ending love of gardening and his flowers. He would beam with pride when passers-by would stop to compliment his yard. He so enjoyed when they took an interest in learning what all the different plants were and their history.
His truest love, however, was being ‘Merfer’ to his grandchildren. He was as unique as his name and loved to show off pictures or brag about them to anyone he could. He would grumble and huff when they were loud but would drop anything at a moment’s notice to be with them.
He was preceded in death by his son Joshua McMullen, his parents, his twin brother Duane, brothers Howard and David, Aunt Lucille Brecht and niece Lorna Kunkel Hall. He is survived by his loving wife Annie, children Maggie Burks, Jesse Carlson (Leah Robinson) and Kristen (Keith) Lennex, grandchildren Isaak, Charley, Ruthie, and Lucy, brother Claire A. (Mary) Carlson, sister Ann (Orlo) Bjerk, his constant canine companion Elsa, as well as many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, June 27th at 11 a.m. with services beginning at 1 p.m. at Urbanski Funeral Home, 5055 Secor Road, Toledo, Ohio.
Remembrances may be made in the form of your choice.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the nurses and aides at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
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