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Paul Allen Carlson
07/12/1923 — 04/11/2012
From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Burlington, Iowa
Paul Allen Carlson
Paul Allen Carlson, 88, died of natural causes at his home in Kennewick Wednesday, April 11, 2012. A graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Richland on Sunday, April 15 at 11:00 am followed by a reception at 2:00 pm in his home.
Paul was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa to Archie and Hazel Carlson. As a teenager, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and flew missions in the Mediterranean Theater in the later stages of World War II. His service included piloting a B-25 bomber for the 380 Bombardment Squadron, 310th Bombardment Group, for 59 missions. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross when he completed his 55th mission despite receiving heavy damage from antiaircraft fire. Upon returning home he enrolled at Iowa State University where he earned a degree in chemistry and met the love of his life Helen Uban. They were married and moved to Richland in the early 1950's. After retirement in the late 1980's, Paul and Helen bought a house on the 12th hole at the Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick where they enjoyed the balance of their years. Paul worked at Hanford as a chemical engineer and manager for the entirety of his career in the Tri Cities. He was a loving father and grandfather whose greatest joys were spending time with his family. He was an avid golfer and later in life played bridge regularly at the Richland Community Center.
Paul was preceded in death by his beloved wife Helen and survived by his brother Archie of Rockville Maryland, daughter Tracy Slaughter and grandson Richard Slaughter of Jamestown, Colorado, son Michael Carlson and grandson's Erik and Mischa of Anchorage, Alaska, daughters Lesley Carlson, Kristi Carlson and grandchildren Jordan and Alex Mazur of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in his name to Chaplaincy Hospice, 2108 W Entiat, Kennewick, WA 99336, who supported the family and helped make him comfortable in the last days of his life.