The Edmond Sun


June 24, 2014

Burrell Adrian Carlson

EDMOND —     Burrell Adrian Carlson, 81, died at his home in Edmond, Okla., June 19, 2014.  He was born December 11, 1932, to Adrian Boyd Carlson and Allene Graves Carlson in Oakville, Iowa.  His parents have predeceased him.

    Burrell is survived by his wife, Lola; daughters Elizabeth Carlson of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Mary Carlson of Dallas, Texas; and, son, Thomas Carlson and wife Debra of Edmond.  Also surviving are granddaughters, Nicole and Caitlin Carlson of Edmond; granddaughter Hailey Loncar of Dallas; and, grandson, Darren Carlson of Lake Worth, Fla., as well as great-grandsons, Michael Carlson and Christian Carlson of Lake Worth.  Burrell is also survived by his only sibling, sister Diane Gerst and husband Richard of Springfield, Mo. In addition, he has many surviving nieces, nephews and cousins.

    Burrell completed K-12th grade in Oakville’s only school, serving as senior class president.  He played on a great baseball team that competed for the Iowa State Championship.  He went on to Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, on an athletic scholarship, but was injured in a basketball game his first year.  The result was surgery and loss of scholarship.  He spent the next year at the University of Iowa before starting what would become a 33 year career with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

    He married Lola Charbonneau, also from Oakville, on October 1, 1955.  Goodyear transferred Burrell to Oklahoma City in 1965 for a two-year stint that turned into a permanent home.

    After retirement in 1988, Burrell and Lola enjoyed many wonderful years down on Lake Eufaula where he gardened, fished and played lots and lots of golf. Many wonderful times were also enjoyed traveling in their RV and golfing in Florida.  He was proud of his four “hole-in-one’s.”  Many days of these last few years have been spent with his Coffee Creek golf buddies.

    A memorial reception for Mr. Carlson will be 6-8 p.m.  Friday, June 27, at Crawford Family Funeral Service, Edmond.

    In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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