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Former Ellis president Carlson dies

Carl Carlson

Carl Carlson

Carl Carlson, the retired president of Ellis Stone Construction, died on Oct. 5 at the age of 75.

Carlson, a lifelong resident of Stevens Point, led Ellis for more than 35 years with his business partner, James Anderson.

After graduating from college in 1964, he began working at Ellis under the company founders, his father, Helge, and Nils Anderson. Carlson was born on Nov. 24, 1940. On June 27, 1964, he married Judith Ann Stout of Wisconsin Rapids. They settled in Stevens Point and raised their three children in their home on the Wisconsin River.

Carlson was active in the community and belonged to a number of organizations. He served as a longtime board member of the Stevens Point Area YMCA and Operation Bootstrap. He was also a National Life Director of the Association of General Contractors of America and a longtime Executive Committee Member for AGC’s Wisconsin chapter, serving as president in 1986.

Carlson was an avid skier, golfer, hunter and fisherman.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the SentryWorld Atrium, at 601 Michigan Ave. North, and again from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Stevens Point. The burial will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Stephen Catholic Church.

Carlson is survived by his wife, Judith; his children and grandchildren: Kristin and her son, James Keyser; Kathryn (Katie); and Erik, his wife, Autumn (Shanklin), and their daughters, Elsa and Ingrid. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Derek (Dorie) Carlson of De Pere.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Carl & Judith Carlson Chancellor’s Advancement Endowment at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Stevens Point Area YMCA, and Operation Bootstrap.


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