Clayton Wayne Carlson

September 22, 1926 - April 25, 2019

Age 92, of Wyoming, NY passed away peacefully on April 25, 2019.

Clayton was born September 22, 1926 in Warsaw, NY son of the late John and Fannie Dersam Carlson. He was a graduate of Warsaw High School at the age of 15. Self-employed his whole life, he enjoyed photography and woodworking. He photographed his first wedding in 1950, soon after established Carlson?s Studio, and for 40 years, continued to capture the special memories of generations, families and friends, spending countless hours in his darkroom. He created unique wood projects and later in life turned hundreds of wooden bowls on his lathe. Over the years he developed his property and enjoyed being a steward of his land. As a youth he received recognition from the Defense Dept. for making model airplanes used for WWll identification training. He was engaged in his community, had a strong faith and sense of service. He was a longtime member and past President of the Warsaw Kiwanis where he put in many hours in activities such as: clam tent, Kiwanis auction, glass recycling, and most recently the Salvation Army bell ringing. He served on the Warsaw Town Board and as Library Trustee, was a member of the United Church of Warsaw where he served on various boards, 4-H club leader, and Farm Bureau where he served as a National Delegate. He was a longtime member of the Kitchen Konference and a close group of friends affectionately known as the ?Dirty Dozen?. He often submitted photos to various papers over his lifetime, helping to promote and honor those that were doing good deeds. He donated over 5 gallons of blood in his lifetime, and would encourage anyone to get a shingles shot.

Clayton was married 69 years to his beloved wife, Lucille Strathearn, who passed away in November, 2016. He was preceded in death by his siblings: a sister Agnes (Henry) Wilcox, and brothers Elton (Eleanor) Carlson and John Carlson, and surviving are his brother, Allan (Joyce) Carlson of Warsaw.

Surviving are his children: Mary Carlson of Wyoming, Roger (Debbie Anstett) Carlson of Alden, Larry (Ruth) Carlson of Middlebury, IN, Kevin (Gwen) Carlson of Wyoming; daughter in law, Kathleen Carlson of Springville; grandchildren, Ryan (Jennifer) Carlson, Rachel Carlson, Jennifer (Brandon) Jenkins, Megan (Matt Sheehan) Grawe, Darcy (Steve) Ebersol, Laura (Tony) Chapman, Neil (Sarah Woods) Carlson, Ross (Christy) Carlson, Emily (Ryan) Reis, Sarah (Keith Clark) Carlson; great grandchildren, Ethan Grawe, Peyton Grawe, Cooper Carlson, Cal Carlson, Kennedy Jenkins, Jackson Jenkins, Rudy Chapman, Lucille Chapman; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call Saturday, May 11th, from 9:30 ? 12:30 PM at the United Church of Warsaw. (cr. S. Main & E. Buffalo Sts.), Warsaw. A celebration of a life well lived to follow at 12:30pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Warsaw Rescue Squad, Wyoming Free Library, or Warsaw Library.

Important Dates
April 29, 2019 : A celebration of the life of Clayton Wayne Carlson at the United Church of Warsaw - 9:07 AM

Important Dates

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Jul 13.19 from Leigh Case:

Kevin and Gwen, Mary, Emily, Sarah,
Sending you all a hug.  Thinking of you all.
Sincerely, Matt and Leigh Case

Jul 13.19 from Jay A Glosser:

Glad to have known Clayton and family. Now Clayton is taking photography to new heights with the Lord.

Jul 13.19 from Rachel Carlson:

Grandpa will be truly missed. His smile could light up a room and make you feel so welcome to be with him. Over the past few years I have written quite a few how are you feeling and prayer cards to my grandpa and it warms my heart that he saved each one. You will be remembered in my passion of life and throughout my picture taking, gardening and hobbies. Love to my family through this difficult time.

Jul 13.19 from Kathy Browne:

Mary, so sorry about the passing of your dad. He will be missed,

Jul 13.19 from Jim Stubley:

To the Carlson family,

I am so blessed to have been touched in my life by knowing Clayton. He was a man of Integrity, Hard work, Deep faith and Love to all. He taught me valuable lessons like measure twice, cut once (the wood worker) and watch the sun Jim it will make or break a photo (the photographer). I remember when I took Peter Hoffmeister to the Carlson pond for fishing (circa 1978), Pete caught an awesome largemouth bass…Clayton ran and grabbed his camera for a photo - a memory of a lifetime. I also remember Clayton jumping into the pool at 9:00 pm or so to cool off before bed on a hot summer night.  He had a smile that would light my heart and a way of talking to me that was…well just comforting. His love and care for Lucille and his family has been exemplary. I will forever remember the day he buzzed across the street on his four wheeler…and yelled “Hello Captain Stubby”...He was sincerely overjoyed to see me!

Thanks to you all for sharing hm…

Jim (Captain Stubby) Stubley

Jul 13.19 from Carol Gburek:

Kevin and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. May you find consolation in your many memories.
Carol & Mike

Jul 13.19 from Bill Clemons:

Roger and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great sadness!!