Jon Mark Carlson

July 28, 1956 ‒ December 03, 2017

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Muscatine, Iowa

Jon Mark Carlson, 61, originally of Muscatine, Iowa passed away peacefully Sunday evening, December 3rd, 2017 at home in Delaware, Ohio.

He was born on July 28th, 1956 in Storm Lake, Iowa to the late Melvin and Jacquelyn (Rowland) Carlson. He lived most of his life in Iowa, and he attended classes at Iowa State University before moving back to Muscatine.

He was an active and beloved member of the Faith United Church of Christ in Muscatine, Iowa for 50 years where he enjoyed singing in the choir as well as participating in small groups as both a leader and a member. He was one of the original members of the Muscatine Civic Chorale, the Muscatine-based barber shop quartet, “Three Guys with Soule,” and the barber shop chorus group, “Heartland Harmony Chorus.” Locally renowned author of the book, Muscatine: A Pictorial History, Jon worked as a reporter for the Muscatine Journal and later worked in hotel management and auditing. He was an avid reader, and his interests were wide-reaching; some of his favorite subjects included history, theology, and the sciences. He was also a long-time member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Those who knew him remember fondly his brilliant mind, his wit and humor, his pure and beautiful tenor voice, his kind and generous heart, and his faith and love for his family. Our gentle giant.

After moving to Ohio in June, he enjoyed attending the Zion United Church of Christ, where he also sang in the choir. His final months were blessed by the presence of his sister and life-long best friend, Jan Marie, and his brother-in-law, Russ. The morning of his passing, Jon sang hymns alongside Jan in choir. That evening, he rejoined his mother, Jackie, who went home to the Lord ahead of him less than three months earlier. It is with joyful anticipation and hope that we look forward to one day joining our voices with them again in heavenly praise.

Left to cherish his memory is his sister, Jan (Russ) Anible of Delaware; nieces and nephew, Jennie (Choco) Valdez, Sarah (Mark) Jackson, Katherine (Andrew) Modras-Anible, and John (Carolyn) Anible; great-nieces and great-nephew, Erin Valdez, AJ Valdez, Kristina Valdez, Olivia Jackson, and Shiloh Modras-Anible; many beloved cousins.

A memorial service will be held in Muscatine, Iowa in June 2018, details to be announced at a future date.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Delaware is assisting the family.

Condolences and memories may be shared below.

  • A more beautiful and spot-on epitaph to a man I have never read. Carly, we are all the richer for knowing you.

  • Jon was a heck of a guy in school he would always talk and joke with me. He was a super person to know and would do anything for you . Jon will be missed by his family and friends and I am glad to say that I knew him , RIP Jon and may GOD BLESS YOU. Donald Blake

  • One of my richest memories from high school was eating pizza with Jon and friends as we worked in Mr. Casini’s biology lab .

    Jon, your friendship will be greatly missed .

    We will take comfort in knowing that you and your mom are together with God for life eternal .

  • Jon and I worked hand in hand many years, both at the Holiday Inn and the Super 8. He was one of the smartest people I knew and he had a heart of gold.

  • Jon’s beautiful voice, kind heart and sense of humor will be deeply missed. Condolences to his family.

  • I worked with Jon at the Cantebury Inn for many years and Jackie was my elementary teacher. They were both wonderful people. Sorry for your loss.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in family and friends (Proverbs 17:17). For additonal strength, may you find it in God who cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Please accept our deepest condolences.

  • Jon and I met taking a drafting class in Jr. High. rather than using a 90 degree angle for making isometric drawings, he quite rightly recognized that two 45 degree angels would be equivalent. He was creative and had rare insights into the larger issues of philosophy, science, religion and the world. I’ve missed exploring in our home laboratories and playing chess with him since we were in high school and beyond. His talent for writing was his way of observing the world. I treasure the copy of his book about Muscatine that he gave me. But his talent for music and singing was perhaps one of his greatest gifts (I’m sure he got a lot of that from his mother who also had an amazing singing voice).

    I was lucky to visit him while he was recovering in Lutheran homes earlier this year. Even after all he’d been though, he still could give me that wry grin and make an insightful comment. That wry grin was often followed by a “AHA!” and a big smile.

    Thank you so much Jon.