Jon Mark Carlson
July 28, 1956 ‒ December 03, 2017
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.
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