Lee Carlson, Jr. – Class of 1933

Lee R. Carlson Jr., 93, of rural Paxton died at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 16, 2011) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton, with Rev. Steve Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cemetery, Paxton.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Lee was born on Sept. 27, 1917, at St. Louis, Mo., the son of Lee R. and Emily Apland Carlson Sr. He married Helen M. Azzarello on Oct. 18, 1941, in LaGrange. She preceded him in death on June 6, 2009.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Steinbrecher of St. Charles; a son, Fred Carlson of rural Paxton; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Larry; and a brother, Don. Lee attended the St. Louis [sic] Institute for Deaf and at the age of 18 he began farming with his grandfather, Frederick.

He attended the First United Methodist Church of Paxton and was a member of the Eastern Illinois Deaf Club, P.A.C.E. and the Farm Bureau. Lee was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed bowling, stamp and antique toy farm equipment collecting and attending farm shows.

Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice. Published in The News-Gazette (serving East Central Illinois) August 2011.

A note from Marietta Coufal:
With Lee Carlson’s daughter’s permission, I’m sad to inform you that Lee Carlson, Class of 1933, has passed away.

The funeral was beautiful. The casket was carried to the cemetery on a horse carriage.

Donna (his daughter) wanted to apologize for using “St Louis” instead of “Central” in the obituary, and I told her that it was okay, and that I would pass it on to the Alumni Association.