Robert Arthur Carlson (Bob), 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday June 3, 2019 in his home in New Port Richey, FL. Bob was born in Palestine, TX in 1929, where he was raised by loving parents John and Jeannette Carlson. He received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M in 1950, after which he served as 1st Lieutenant in the US Army during the Korean War.
Bob later specialized in industrial engineering and for most of his post-military career managed several manufacturing plants for Rockwell International. Bob and his late wife, Helen, raised their family in Pittsburgh, PA. At various times they also lived in Sulphur Springs, TX, Kearney, NE and Raleigh, NC, before retiring to New Port Richey, FL in 1996 where they lived out their remaining years.
Bob was a devoted Catholic and member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church where he regularly attended services. He was also a huge baseball fan, always favoring the Chicago Cubs, and an avid golfer, playing with his friends several times a week at their home course at Timber Greens. Above all else, Bob loved his wife and children unconditionally.
Bob’s beloved wife, Helen, died in 2005. They had been married for over 50 years, having taken their vows in 1954 in Chico, CA. Bob is survived by three children; John Richard Carlson of New Port Richey, FL, Thomas Edwin Carlson of Tarpon Springs, FL (wife Maria Victoria), and Richard Francis Carlson of Oakton, VA (wife Nancy). Bob is also survived by seven grandchildren; Amy Kersting, Emily Carlson, Sam Carlson, Sheila Malamoutsis, Angela Tan, Helen Tan and Sarah Carlson, and three great grandchild; Ryan Loh, Paul Aiden Kersting and Justin Miller.
Family and friends may gather for a viewing at Morgan Funeral Home in New Port Richey, FL on Friday June 7, 2019 at 8am EDT. Mass will follow at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in New Port Richey, FL at 9am. Burial with full military honors will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at 11:30am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s name at the Cancer Research Institute at the following website: https://www.cancerresearch.org/join-the-cause/donate/heartofscience?utm_source=cri-website&utm_medium=welcome-mat&utm_campaign=spr2019