Douglas S. Carlson, 61, of Mt. Vernon, died 12:30 a.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at his home in Mt. Vernon.
He was born Tuesday, March 10, 1953, in St. Joseph, Mich., the son of Clyde and Eva (Dass) Carlson. He married Beverley Slavens on Sept. 22, 1979, in Frankfort, Ind.
Douglas worked as the director of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs at Rend Lake College for 32 years, retiring in 2012. He was a member of Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, received the 2007 ILASFA Sustained Service Award and served on MAP formula committee for several years. He was a longtime and active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon where he served in many congregational offices. Doug was an award winning wine-maker who enjoyed growing fruit and providing friends and family with his Miller Lake Wines. He was also a runner participating in several River-to-River races. He enjoyed fishing, the outdoors and supporting family members’ interests. He enjoyed outdoor cooking and entertaining while serving friends and family members grilled meals and fish fries.
He is survived by his wife, Beverley Carlson of Mt. Vernon; two sons, Scott Carlson and wife Kelty of Ballard County, Ky. and John Carlson of Champaign; three brothers, Stephen Carlson and wife Luana of Dewitt, Mich., Thomas Carlson and wife Marge of Ludington, Mich. and Dennis Carlson of Wyoming, Mich.; mother-in-law, Joan Slavens of Frankfort, Ind.; brothers-in-law, Jeffrey Slavens and Michael Slavens, both of Indianapolis, Douglas Slavens and wife Jennifer of Wingate, Ind. and John Slavens and wife Phyllis of New Castle, Ind.; sister-in-law, Christine Newbold and husband Tim of Louisburg, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon with Pastor Josepha Lecke officiating.