LaVaughn Carlson

Obituary of LaVaughn Carlson

LaVaughn A. Carlson, 94, of Wisconsin Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the Gundersen Harmony Care Center in Harmony, Minnesota.

He was born on April 13, 1924, in Blue River, Wisconsin, to the late Alvin and Merle (Shannon) Carlson. He attended high school there, and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served from 1943 to 1946. When the war ended, the GI Bill allowed him to earn a degree from the University of Wisconsin. He later added an MSEd degree in secondary education from Winona State University.

He began teaching physics at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids in 1954. He retired in 1986, but he never stopped teaching; he was a born teacher, and anyone who talked to him for more than five minutes probably learned something.

On Aug. 28, 1948, he married Ona Alice Rockwell in Richland Center, Wisconsin. She passed away on June 3, 2012.

Survivors include his son, Ken; daughter-in-law, Niza; and grandchildren, Eric and Kirsten. 

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018, at the Herman-Taylor Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids. The Rev. Woody Baumgartner will officiate. Full Military Honors will follow the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place in the Richland Cemetery in Richwood, Wisconsin. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

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