Ted Carlson, age 64, of Jackson, formerly of Brooklyn, passed away suddenly after a short illness Jan. 15, 2016. Ted was born May 5, 1951, in Spring Valley, Ill., the son of Wallace and Irene (Anderson) Carlson. He married Deborah Simpson Aug. 25, 1973, in Henry, Ill., and she survives.
Ted retired this past September as a program engineer from Labor Aiding Systems in Jackson.
Ted was a very active member of the Brooklyn Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn. He loved Michigan State University football and basketball and enjoyed playing golf. Ted enjoyed music, was an accomplished woodworker, and was known as “Mr. Fix-it.” Ted also loved spending time on the lake with his grandsons.
Besides his wife Debbie, Ted is survived by his children, Kate (Evan) McColley of Orlando, Fla., Beth (Andrew) Hughes of Jackson, and Ben Carlson of Jackson; his grandsons, Jonah and Wyatt Hughes; and his sister, Jimette (Rick) Biel of Peoria, Ill.
Per Ted’s wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial visitation will be held this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brooklyn Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn. Visitation will also be held at church on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. until the time of his memorial service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ted’s name may be directed to the Columbia Performing Arts, c/o Deborah Carlson, 1289 Cunningham Road, Jackson, MI 49201.
Arrangements by the Wetherby Funeral Home, Jackson.