David E. Carlson

Published On: Nov 21 2012 08:46:29 PM CST

JANESVILLE---David E. Carlson, age 56, of Janesville, died on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Janesville on February 1, 1956, the son of Elmer and Gertrude (Sterricker) Carlson. David was a lifelong resident of Janesville. He married Sidney Fox on August 20, 2002, in Rockton, IL. He was a member of UAW Local 95 and also a Milton FFA Alumni member. David worked for General Motors for 30 ½ yrs until his retirement in 2006. He enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with his very special wife, Sidney and special time with his grandkids.

He is survived by his beloved and courageous wife, Sidney; brother, Charles (Kate) Carlson of Janesville; 6 sisters: Beverly and Rosie Carlson both of Janesville, Jeanne Carlson of Arkansas and Mureal (Russell) Isly of Rockford, IL, Sandra Carlson of Tucson, AZ, and Donna (Dale) Alger of Shiocton, WI; mother in law, Karen Fox of Janesville; 2 brother in laws, David Fox of Ft.Wayne, IN and Jeffery Fox of Janesville; 4 special adult children: Nate (Bre) Holmes of Beloit, Justin (Jen) Holmes and Joshua (Kathy) Holmes both of Janesville and Mandi (Rick) Heimann of Hartland; 16 wonderful step children: Logan, Riley, Mason, Samantha, Taylor, Cassandra, Jordan, Brianna, Caity, Hailee, Kristine, Brandon, Haiden, Kaiden, Kallie and Kade; many nieces and nephews; 2 special loving dogs, Ziggy and Gizmo; and a very special friend, 'like a brother who could never be replaced", Dick Mc Keown. . He was preceded in death by his parents; niece, Andrea Coull Bickle; nephew, Ty David Pierce; 2 sisters, Nanci Olson and Kathryn Orsborne; father in law, Darrell Fox; brother in law, James Fox; and his faithful and beloved companion, Kipper.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Trinity Free Lutheran Church, Janesville with Rev. Jon Benson officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 23, 2012, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, Janesville. Memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare or the Rock County Humane Society.

"The family would like to express a special heartfelt appreciation of gratitude to Agrace HospiceCare."