Carson, Rex (February 13, 1906 - May 24, 1991)

Rex Carson

Douglas Budget - May 29, 1991

Funeral services for Rex Carson, 85, will be held Wednesday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Douglas, with Reverend Jon Laughlin officiating.

Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery with the Ashlar Masonic Lodge #10 A.F. & A.M. conducting masonic graveside rites with William J. Smith as the Worshipful Master.

Mr. Carson died Friday, May 24, 1991 at Michael Manor in Douglas following a short illness.

He was born Feb. 13, 1906 in Knox County, Ohio the son of Charles H. and Blanche (Uwers) Carson. He was reared and educated in Ohio. Following graduation from high school, he attended one year of college.

In 1928 he came to Wyoming in a new Model A, going to Jackson to work on a phone line in Yellowstone Park. Later in 1928 he went to Montana, then to Oregon, and finally to California. He then returned to Ohio for a while, and then came back west to farm with his brother, Earl, in the Morrill, Neb. area.

He worked at the mine near Guernsey, and was a rough carpenter in Alliance, Neb. At the start of World War II he returned to farming at Huntley, Wyo. and north of Torrington.

He was married to Josephine L. Rankin on Dec. 31, 1954 in Hot Springs, S.D. They continued farming until moving to Douglas in 1962 at which time they took over the operation of the A&W Drive-In.

In 1972 they sold the A&W and retired. In retirement he took up the trade and hobby of witching in the Douglas area. Because of ill health he was forced to be inactive since 1988.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Ashlar Masonic Lodge #10 A.F. & A.M.

He is survived by his wife, Jo of Douglas; three children, Byrla Carson of Thermopolis, Donna Shafer of Big Piney, and Ralph Carson of Bountiful, Utah; one sister, Pearl Carson of Chesterville, Ohio; one brother, Fred Carson of Mount Gilead, Ohio; four grandchildren; and one step-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; five brothers; one sister; and one foster daughter, Betty Diemer Martin.

Serving as pallbearers will be Lesmon V. May, Roy T. Gordon, George C. Smith, James R. Young, Frank Probert and George Darlington.

A memorial to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Virginia Street at Fairfax, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103 or to the choice of the donor would be appreciated by the family.

The Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.

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