Robert A. Carlson

SUPERIOR LOCATION — Robert A. Carlson, 72, of Superior Location, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2018, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock.

Bob was born on May 4, 1945, to Harry and Tunie {Kangas} Carlson and attended Houghton High School.

Bob served in the U.S. Army from November 1962 to November 1964. He worked for Futuremill in Farmington, until he returned to the Copper Country in 1970.

On April 3, 1971, Bob married the former Betty Kempainen of Dollar Bay and they worked and raised their children in the Houghton area. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time at camp with his friends and family.

Mr. Carlson was a member of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Hancock. Bob worked for White Pine Copper until it closed in 1995 and then spent the remainder of his working career at Baraga Maximum Prison as a correction officer until retirement.

Surviving are Bob’s wife, Betty; daughter, Tamara (Joe) Eklund; son, Rob; sister, Carolyn (Roy) Mattson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; half brothers, Clifford, Gordon and Herbert Carlson; and half sister, Joan Bonney.

Funeral services for Bob will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Hancock with Rev. DJ Rasner to officiate. Spring burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery of Houghton. Friends may call on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 12 noon until time of services at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Hancock.

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The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Hancock are assisting the family with the arrangements.