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Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

OBITUARY ~ HERBERT PAUL "HERB"CARSON
May 29, 1913 ~ March 04, 2008

Funeral services for Herb Carson, age 94 of Bedford, who died Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center were held Friday, March 14, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home. Interment was held in the Clearfield Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the Bedford ambulance or the Bedford Lions Club. Memories can be shared with the family on our website at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Herbert Paul Carson was born May 29, 1913, in Clearfield, Iowa the son of Everett Leroy Carson and Amanda May (Renfro) Carson. He had three sisters, Thurma who was born in 1912; Marion in 1916 and Earlus in 1919. He grew up attending school in Bedford, graduating with the Class of 1930. During high school he had several after school jobs, along with participating in Football and track and field. After graduation he worked in the Bedford area for several years. On January 9, 1933, he was united in marriage to Mary Alice King in Pickering, Missouri. Together they had four children, Virginia Eloise born in 1933 in Bedford; Dale Leroy in 1947 in Grants Pass, Oregon; Dennis Paul in 1948 in Medford, Oregon and Debra Louise in 1952 also in Medford. Shortly after their marriage, Herb and the family moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa where he was a driver for a laundry company until 1939. The family moved again to the Los Angeles, California area. During the years of World War II, Herb worked in defense plants (Northrup) as a tool and die maker, and also for Howard Hughes as a sub-contractor machining aircraft parts. Mr. Hughes wanted Herb to go into business with him, but Herb thought Howard had some 'issues'. In 1945, the family moved to Grants Pass, Oregon, moving again in 1947 to Medford, Oregon. From about 1947 to 1973, Herb was a bus driver for the Greyhound Bus Company. During the years he was a bus driver, he also operated a log truck and a Greyhound Moving and Storage Company. In 1979, after his retirement, Herb and Mary moved to Crooked River Ranch in Oregon where they built a home, living there until 1990, when they sold out, returning to Bedford, Iowa where they made their home.

Herb had a very creative mind, having the ability to build and engineer things. He actually built and designed his first RV, which he made from an old Greyhound Bus! He was a member of the Christian Church and served as past secretary and vice-president for the Bedford Lions Club. During their retirement years together, Herb and Mary enjoyed traveling in their motor home. They visited all 50 states, enjoying the people they met along the way. Mary passed away in May of 2006.

Left to cherish Herb's memory are his four children, Virginia "Eloise" Suslick and husband Ron of Tacoma, Washington; Dale Carson and wife Megan of Tucson, Arizona; Dennis Carson and wife Benchamars of Port Orchard, Washington; and Debra McCormack and husband Michael of Plano, Texas; seven grandchildren, Randal Cohen and wife Linda; Michael Cohen and wife Anita; John McCormack and wife Ifegenia; Marialice Davis and husband Fredrick; Kevan McCormack and wife LuAron; David Carson and wife Matasha; Richard Carson and wife Stephanie; sixteen greatgrandchildren, Timothy, Brian and Christopher Cohen; Madalyn, John II, Robert and Priscilla McCormack; David Jr., Katherine, Vivian and James Carson; Ashley and Chance Carson; Alexander, Michael and Liam Davis; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Herb in death were his parents; his loving wife Mary of 73 years in 2006; and three sisters, Thurma Clatterbuck, Marion Marshall and Earlus Gannon.

Transcription and Submission by Lori Russo, June of 2014

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