William B. 'Bill' Carlson

William B. "Bill" Carlson

Aug 7, 1927 - Jan 12, 2009
Funeral services for William B. "Bill" Carlson of Riverton will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Riverton. Pastor David Magruder will officiate and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton with military honors by the Wyoming National Guard.

Mr. Carlson died Monday afternoon, Jan. 12, 2009, at Wind River Healthcare of Riverton. He was 81.

William B. Carlson was born in West Point, Neb., on Aug. 7, 1927, the son of Oscar E. and Lilly (Bergbom) Carlson.

He served with the U. S. Army during the Korean War and had lived in, and owned his home in Riverton for 42 years.

On Oct. 25, 1963, he married Opal Magdanz in Sisseton, S.D.

Mr. Carlson was a member of the Lutheran faith and the Trinity Lutheran Church in Riverton.

He owned and operated motels in Wyoming, Colorado, Missouri, Texas, and Nebraska for 42 years.

He was a member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and the American Legion.

His family said Mr. Carlson enjoyed working with rocks in lapidary, loved his home, ice cream, and enjoyed lunch and supper at the Trailhead in Riverton.

Survivors include his wife, Opal of Riverton; a brother, Grover and his wife Dena of Nebraska; a sister, Charollet Narak of Nebraska; nieces and nephews, Teri Patterson, Mark Carlson, Chuck Carlson, Paul Carlson, and Beverly Lux, all of Nebraska; a brother-in-law, Marlin Magdanz.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother and his parents.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at: thedavisfuneralhome.com

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.