Stanley Carlsen Obituary

Stanley L. Carlsen
Reverend Stanley L. Carlsen
Stanley L. Carlsen

February 18, 1923 - November 1, 2006
Born in Royal, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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The Reverend Stanley L. Carlsen, 83, a resident of Ramsey Village, passed away from natural causes on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, November 6 at the Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, 1240 - 66th Street in Windsor Heights. Burial will take place at Glendale Cemetery.

Stanley was born, February 18, 1923 in Royal, Iowa, the son of Niels and Martha (Neve) Carlsen. He grew up in Blair, Nebraska where he graduated from Dana College. Rev. Carlsen received his Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He married Mildred J. Romer on June 12, 1947 and two children were born to this union.

Rev. Carlsen was pastor at Lutheran Churches in Trufant, Michigan and Shelby, Iowa before serving four years as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force. After military service he was pastor in Mason City and Charles City, Iowa before coming to Des Moines where he was pastor at Central Lutheran Church until his retirement in 1988. He had a great sense of humor, always liked a good joke and had a special chuckle. He also enjoyed music, sports and reading.

Rev. Carlsen was preceded in death by his parents, Neils and Martha Carlsen. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mildred J. Carlsen; daughter, Anne L. (Jeff) Toy of Whittier, California; son, Noel (Angela) Carlsen of Murrieta, California; brother, Neils (Natalie) Carlsen of Sommerfield, Florida; sister, Eunice (Homer) Larsen of Cedar Falls, Iowa; grandchildren, Erica, Theodore and Karrie Carlsen; great grandchild, Peyton Carlsen; step grandchildren, Rosa and Karla Rubi and Carlos A. Cabanas; and step great-grandchildren, Isaac and Isaiah Cabanas.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday at the Iles Funeral Homes - Westover Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, Dana College, The Word for Asia c/o Murrieta Missions Fellowship, PO Box 390, Sun City, CA 92586 or to World Mission Prayer League, 232 Clifton Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Sunday, November 5, 2006
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Windsor Heights Lutheran Church
1240 - 66th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50311
Monday, November 6, 2006
11:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Monday, November 6, 2006


The Word for Asia c/o Murrieta Missions Fellowship
PO Box 390
Sun City, CA US 92586