SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Robert E. “Bob” Carlson, 81, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Anita, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, July 14, 2016, after a short illness.
Born on June 29, 1935 in Punxsutawney, he was a son of Gilbert E. and Catherine M. Carlson. On March 28, 1953 in DuBois, he married Charlotte C. Bailey, who survives.
In his younger years, Bob was employed by Bethlehem Steel in Buffalo, NY and later was employed as a heavy equipment operator. For many years, he and his son Ron, owned and operated Carlson’s Cleaning Service in Punxsutawney.
Bob was an avid fisherman, hunter and member of the Tri-County Coon Hunters Association in Punxsutawney. He was a gifted woodworker, having made many items for his family and friends.
Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Deborah L. “Deb” Bryant of Shinglehouse; two sons, Ronald E. “Ron” (Rose) Carlson and Jeffrey R. “Jeff” (Sharon) Carlson, both of Anita; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Mark (Kim) Carlson of Punxsutawney; four sisters, Beverly (Richard “Whitey”) Hudson of DuBois, Loreen “Reenie” Good of Punxsutawney, Cathy (Ken) Cahill of Waterbury, CT, and Carla (Larry) Lunger of Rossiter; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by a brother, Larry Carlson; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Evelyn Bailey; and a son-in-law, Carl “Abe” Bryant.
At Bob’s request there will be no public visitation. A celebration of his life will be held privately by his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Potter County Hospice, 269 Route 6 West, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Bob’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Bob, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.