Richard “Dick” Carlson


Memorial Services for 73-year old Richard “Dick” Carlson are Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 2:00 at the United Methodist Church of Hay Springs, NE.

Richard Lawrence “Dick” Carlson was born Dec 26, 1947, the fourth of six children of David and Irene (Harrison) Carlson. He passed away suddenly on April 30, 2021.

A memorial has been established for the Hay Springs United Methodist Church or the organization of your choice. Donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347.

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Dick went to a rural school in Dawes County for 8 years, then started high school in Hay Springs before graduation from Rushville High School.

He spent most of his life living at the ranch, helping his father, but was also a member of the Nebraska National Guard for a few years and sheared sheep all over the country and made many friends.

Dick was very generous with his time and talents. He enjoyed his horses and had several teams he drove in parades. He also enjoyed traveling and took several trips with his uncle.

Dick was a life-long member of the Hay Springs United Methodist Church and enjoyed helping at Camp Norwesca. He was also on the Dawes County Museum Board for a time. 

He was preceded in death by both his parents and brother-in-law Jim Wood.

Dick is survived by 2 brothers: David R Carlson (Phyllis) and Louis Carlson (Glenda), both of Hay Springs, and 3 sisters: Jean Wood of Sidney, NE, Joyce Connell (Bill) of Platte Center, and Linda Rotness (John) of Hay Springs.

He is also survived and aunt and uncle, Bill and Reba Harrison of California, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary is in charge of arrangements for Dick Carlson.