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The Rev. Walter D. Carlson

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On October 28, 2020 @ 10:21 am In Obituaries | 10 Comments

In Memorial

The Rev. Walter D. Carlson, 72, of Lancaster, died peacefully in his home on Reformation Sunday, October 25, 2020. He was born in McKeesport, PA on February 17, 1948, to the late Walter V. and Nellie M. Carlson. He was married to Allison Carlson for 49 years, loving father of Whitney Ryan (wife of Scott), of Keene, NH, and proud grandfather of Mackenzie, Jackson, and Tessa. He is also survived by his sister, Estelle O’Brien, of Bethel Park, PA. 

Pastor Carlson graduated from Thiel College in 1970 and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg. He was ordained into Word and Sacrament ministry by the Lutheran Church in America on June 9, 1974. He served parishes in Stoverstown, Lancaster, and Colebrook, all in Pennsylvania, was Chaplain at the Lutheran Home in York, and was the author of the book entitled, For the Church, One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic
A private Memorial service will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 3131 Columbia Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603. 
+ Eternal rest grant to him, o Lord, and let light perpetual shine on him. May he rest in peace. + 

Condolences for the family of “The Rev. Walter D. Carlson”

Condolence from Rev. Richard F. Michael on October 29th, 2020 4:06 pm

With our prayers for all who were part his life and work and knew his faithfulness and witness to Christ and the Church… May the angels lead him to where Lazarus is poor no longer… so he may find rest in the arms of our risen Lord.

Condolence from Cathy⅗ Regan-Zofsak on October 29th, 2020 9:58 pm

Words cannot express how much his loss means to you. I know he was a wonderful person, loving husband, wonderful father and grandfather. He is now at peace with the Lord. As your friend, I will continue praying for you and your family.

Condolence from GARY T. GARDNER on October 30th, 2020 1:48 am

Rest in peace old friend from St. John’s Lutheran Church, Shiremanstown PA

My sympathy to you Allison and your family.

Gary and Annette Gardner

Condolence from Anne Roser on October 30th, 2020 6:46 am

May Walt rest in peace and rise in glory. Our deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Pastor Doug Johnson on October 30th, 2020 8:42 am

Walt was stalwart in the faith, a shining light in witness to the world and the church, and a model of faithful pastoral ministry. He had greater influence on me than he knew. I saw him as a model of theological integrity and pastoral compassion. I pray in thanksgiving for his life and witness, and for the comfort of the Holy Spirit for his family and many across the church who now mourn his loss. Farewell good and faithful servant.

Condolence from Sister Davia Evans on October 30th, 2020 8:55 am

Blessings in all things. I pray for you tears and joy in remembrance. God is with you.

Condolence from Lidande Bissonette on November 1st, 2020 12:35 am

I’m saddened to.hear of Walt’s passing. I knew him through his friends Tom and Judy McKee when I was their foster kid in the 70s. Walt, Tom, and Judy were wrapping up their studies at the Seminary. I loved tagging along with the four of them and sharing meals on occasion. When I smell red wine and garlic while hearing the ambient sounds of Brahms, Beethoven, or Mozart, I flash back to these lovely times. Walt was the funny man–he would take on the affect of a theological pedant from what seemed like centuries earlier. He always made me laugh with these brief impromptu “skits.” Bless you, Walt. Condolences to Allison and the family.

Condolence from sally butler on November 1st, 2020 9:14 am

Dear Allison,

So sorry for your loss.

Sally Butler

Condolence from Judy Cauler on November 4th, 2020 11:55 pm

I was so sad to hear of Walt passing. He with his Lord and savior. I know he is at peace. He was a wonderful man. My condolences to your family, Allison. I will pray that he and Pat find one another. Peace be with you.

Condolence from Penny King Wagaman on November 8th, 2020 9:52 am

I am deeply saddened to hear this news. I remember him fondly and took a few minutes to reminisce on so many wonderful memories

He was a pivotal person in my life Allison and Whitney. I can still see his head tilt to the side and a little smile on his face as he would patiently answer our endless questions.
To this day and all the troubling times in the world., I have peace because of what he told me long ago when I came to him worried about the some turmoil in the world. He gave me that same tilt of the head and warm smile and said ” All you need to know is that Jesus wins”. It has kept me grounded and it is advice I have passed onto my children.
I pray for God to grant you heavenly peace and may you feel His unending love.

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