Charles William "Bill" Carlson, 87, of Astoria, died Thursday, May 11, 2006 in Astoria.

Mr. Carlson was born April 10, 1919 in Seattle to Alfred and Adeline Brown Carlson. He graduated from Astoria High School in 1937.

He served in the U.S. Army in the 41st Infantry Brigade in the Pacific Theatre during World War II and was discharged in September 1945. He returned to Astoria and worked at the Pillsbury Flour Mill until it was moved to California. He then worked for Johnson Motors in the auto parts department, retiring in 1981.

Mr. Carlson was a founding member of Lewis & Clark Fire and Rescue, a member of the Clatsop County Muzzle Loaders, and enjoyed participating with different rock-collecting clubs and groups. Family members described him as a true craftsman who enjoyed rock work - creating jewelry and other items, blacksmithing, leather tanning, fishing, hunting and clam digging.

Mr. Carlson is survived by one sister, Jane Campbell of Astoria; a sister-in-law, Louise Carlson of Springfield; a nephew, Gregory Johanson of Astoria; four nieces, Linda Pasma and Nellie Johanson of Astoria, Debi Schmidt of Bothell, Wash., and Wendy Carlson of Springfield; three great-nephews, Dave Campbell of Kalama, Wash., Christopher Johanson of Astoria and Matt Schmidt of Seattle; two great-nieces, Melissa Johanson-Black of Springfield and Charissa Schmidt of Salem; four great-great-nieces, Molly and Jillian Campbell of Kalama, Wash., and Madison and McKenzie Johanson of Astoria.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Joe Carlson; a niece, Tanis Campbell; and a nephew, Bryan Johanson.

A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary.

Private burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lewis & Clark Fire and Rescue, in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.

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