Larry Dale Carson, age 78, passed away on March 18, 2018 at Riverside Hospital in Columbus.
He was born on November 30, 1939, to Floyd Webster and Esther Louise Starr Carson. Larry graduated from Rutland High School in 1958 where he excelled at football. He always shared great stories of his time playing football and of his beloved coach, Jim Vennari. He served in the Army at the Savanna Army Depot for two years which led him to Hanover, Illinois. He lived there for many years and developed a lot of special friendships. He drove a tour bus for Tri-State Tours in Galena, Illinois, and then became a truck driver for which he is well-known, and earned him the nickname”Semi-Grandpa.” He spent several years driving for Heartland Express in Iowa City and Columbus, before his retirement. Larry was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes, Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Browns fan. Larry’s love of his Buckeyes and sports in general was passed to his sons and grandsons. In fact, it was hard for his daughter, Diana, to get a word in when sports was the topic. “Will you listen to me?” was used quite frequently when she wanted to say something and is used today when something needs to be said. Larry was a beloved Husband, Dad, and Grandpa. He doted on all of his grandchildren and enjoyed teasing then unmercifully. He loved a good joke and enjoyed both playing practical jokes on people and occasionally being on the receiving end as well. Larry loved spending time with his wife, Linda and was always making sure that she was doing okay. Larry’s hat collection was extensive and he liked to agitate people by wearing a certain hat just to annoy them.
Larry will be missed by his loving wife, Linda, family and friends who are comforted in knowing that he is home with his Lord and Savior.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Williams Carson, two children Rick (Tammy) Carson of Waunakee, Wisconsin, and Diana (Kevin) Tritz of Bellevue, Iowa. Three Stepsons, Jeff (Hillary) Austin of Gallipolis, Alex (Sheila) Austin, of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Jimmy Austin of Gallipolis. Six grand children Brockton, Shelbie, Taryn, and James Carson, Katie and Sophia Tritz, seven step grandchildren Kasi, Corey, Ashley, Andrew, Robert (Bobby), Jesse, Tristan Austin and one step great grandson Trennon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Robert Dale (Bob) Carson, and stepson, Robert Scott (Bobby) Austin.
Services are Monday, March 26, 2018 at 2 p.m., at Birchfield Funeral Home, Rutland. Burial to follow at Horner Hill Cemetery, Pomeroy. Family will receive friends Monday, from noon until time of services at funeral home. Online condolences @birchfieldfuneralhome.com.