Roy J. Carlson, 85, passed away on Oct. 17, 2018. Born in Chicago, Illinois on June 16, 1933. He attended Robert Morris Elementary in Lakeview and McPherson Elementary in Uptown. Roy graduated Sergeant at Arms from Amundsen High School in Chicago and attended Valparaiso on a football scholarship. Roy enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp. and married Joan (Sandels) at Camp Pendleton, California. As a Sergeant, he was honorably discharged and returned to Chicago.
He and Joan had four children, Claudia, Jill, Jeanine and Roy Jr.
Roy served his apprenticeship in his father's John T. Carlson Plastering Company. Roy started his own plastering business in 1962 in the Chicago suburbs until he retired in 1992. He and Joan moved to Eagle River, Wisconsin and shortly thereafter purchased a winter home in Sebring. Roy and Joan separated in 1999. He then married Roxey Eden in 2004 and lived happily with his beloved Roxey in Sebring until his death.
Roy has two stepsons, 15 grandchildren, one step grandchild and two great grandchildren. He lived a full life with a special bond to his cousin Greta and George Barrett, and best friends Tom McCants, George Leonard, George Reichart, Len Anderson, Wally Marbach and their wives, along with many more friends.
Roy was a lifetime member of the Masons, Scottish Knights and Medinah Shrine. He enjoyed being an avid member and Right Guard of Medina Arab Patrol, a lifetime AMVETS member and an active American Legion member. Roy's life was consumed with sports, especially the Bears, Cubs and Illini, many fishing trips and helping loved ones with endless home improvements.
He had the distinct honor of being a Chicago Bears rookie in 1956, one of the many joys in his lifetime! Services to be held at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida at a later date.