John W. Carlson
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John W. Carlson
  • October 22, 1946 - November 5, 2017
  • Pecatonica, Illinois

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John W. Carlson, 71, of Pecatonica went home to be with the Lord on Sunday November 5, 2017. John was born in Rockford on October 22, 1946, the son of Elmer W. and Anna Mae (Mickelson) Carlson. John married Jody J. Johnson in 1987. John was a 1964 graduate of Byron High School. John was co-owner of Carlson Transport, Inc. from 1982 until 1987 with his brother Bill. He was director of the Soil and Water Conservation from 2003-2014 and started Intermodal Services Inc. from 1987 until 2017. John was an avid outdoorsmen who loved the land, fishing, hunting and being a recreational pilot. John was affectionately known by all his family as "Gumpy".
John is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jody; daughter Wendi (Joe) DiPiazza and children Jakob and Madylin; son Eric W. Carlson and children Avery, Ethan, Benjamin and Maia; daughter Kirsten (Joe) DeHaai and children Jake and Alyson; daughter Jennifer (Scott) Ware and children Ashley Ware, Alix Ware, Megan Dach, Mariah Dach and Austin Ware; daughter Amy (Jeremiah) Harcourt and children Isaiah Barr, Keegan Barr and Alexander Barr; brother William E. (Kathleen) Carlson; sister Carol Anne (Hubert) Zull.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established for the John W. Carlson Agricultural Scholarship fund for graduates of Pecatonica High School.
A service to celebrate John's life will be 12:00 pm Wednesday November 8, 2017 at New Life Bible Church 2285 N. Hoisington Rd. Pecatonica; visitation for John will be from 10:30 am until service time on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in North Burritt Union Cemetery.