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John Carlson

John R. Carlson

Sunday, July 13th, 1941 - Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
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John R. Carlson, 79, of Scottsbluff, passed away Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at The Residency Care Center in Scottsbluff. His funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff with Pastor Gary Hashley officiating. The family suggests casual attire. Interment will follow in the East Lawn Cemetery at Minatare. Military honors will be provided by the Nebraska Army National Guard and American Legion Post No. 36. Memorials may be made in care of the family. Online condolences may be left at

John Raymond Carlson was born July 13, 1941, to Carl and Edith (Hague) Carlson at the Kimball County Hospital in Kimball, Nebraska. He grew up in Banner County and attended school at Harrisburg. Following graduation, he worked on numerous ranches. In 1964, he was drafted into the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War for two years. In 1966, he married Sharon York and they were happily married for 55 years.

He worked for Scotts Bluff County for 47 years running earth movers until they quit using them. He then dozed until he became foreman in 1997. He served as foreman for 18 years before his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Carlson; daughter, Dawn (Miles) Lemley of Morrill; grandsons, Dawson Jacobs, and Hunter Lemley; granddaughters, Kenzie (Christopher) Buskirk, and Ashlee Lemley; great-granddaughter, Bralynn Lemley; sister, Elsie Stone of Wellman, Texas; sister-in-law, Cindy Mayor of Denver, Colorado; nieces, Jennifer (David) Zuniga, and Becky (Steve) Maddin; nephews, Ryan Losey, and Bryan Carlson; two great-nephews, Isaiah Zuniga, and Tyler Losey; and a great-niece, Sydney Losey.

John was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 10:00am
    Bridgman Funeral Home
    2104 Broadway
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    Pastor Gary Hashley
  • Interment

    East Lawn Cemetery
    East Highland Road
    MINATARE, NE 69356
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Rocky and Peg Robinson

Posted at 12:18pm
Rest in peace John, your work here is complete and your rewards await you. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they struggle through the days and weeks ahead.
Rocky and Peg Robinson.

Keith & Glenda Slaymaker

Posted at 01:51pm
Let the memories of Jonny's life comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Mickey Hara and Jill Sutton

Posted at 08:41pm
We are thinking of you during this sad time, and send our condolences.
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Ryan losey

Posted at 01:42am
I'll never forget how you and Sharon stole my grandma's house and the tried to charge me a ridiculous price to keep the farm in the family. May your judgement day come.

Elsie Stone

Posted at 03:24pm
Will miss you dear lil bub. Rest well in heaven...Till we meet again. Your sis, and families
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