Ted passed away at the age of 93 in The Dalles, Ore., at The Springs Assisted Living facility. He was born the fifth of seven children to Hulda and Arthur Carlson in The Dalles. He attended schools in The Dalles and after graduation entered the Merchant Marines at the onset of World War II. He had many adventures and misadventures while in the Merchant Marines, somw that he shared in The Dalles Chronicle after a memorable trip to Washington DC with The Honor Flight.
His sister introduced Ted to her friend, Cleo Snyder-Laffoon, and they were married June 2, 1946, after his return home. They moved to the family ranch at Kent, Ore., where they lived until Cleo’s death on her birthday, Aug. 23, 2006. Ted and Cleo raised three children, watching them play sports, and participate in 4-H and FFA. After retirement, they traveled and spent many winters in Yuma, Ariz., golfing, swimming, and enjoying the sun and the camaraderie of new and old friends.
Ted was a member of Oregon Wheat Growers, Oregon Cattlemen’s, and the Masonic Temple. He loved fishing, hunting, rock hounding and spending time with family. Ted learned carpentry skills from his father, Art, as they built the family home, barn and a shop where more than 70 years of family deer and elk trophies hang.
Ted is survived by his three children and their spouses: Gary and Sheri Carlson, Byron and Betty Carlson, and Marnene and Craig Wood; grandchildren, Christopher, Jeremy (Coral), Sean, Darcy and Brad; great-grandchildren Halle, Josiah and Jules. He was preceded in death by his spouse of 59 years, parents and siblings, Art Jr., Don, Mildred, Jean, Jerry and Lois; and beloved grandson Cody Jack Childress.
Friends and family are invited for dessert and the sharing of memories about Ted on Saturday, March 10, from 2-4 p.m. at the Sherman County Senior Center in Moro.
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