Richard Carlson

Dec. 12, 1941 – Sept. 10, 2021


November 10, 2021

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Richard Carlson

Dr. Richard Duane Wamsley Carlson, 79, of Sweet Home died Sept. 10, 2021.

He was born Dec. 12, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minn., to Richard and Evelyn (Peterson) Wamsley. 

He lost his father in combat in World War II. Later, his mother married Gordon Carlson of Fredrick, Wis., who adopted him. When he was in seventh grade, they moved to Canby.

Dr. Carlson graduated from Canby High School in 1960 and attended Oregon Technical Institute (now OIT) in Klamath Falls, graduating in 1963. He married CHS classmate Linda Lee Gorbett in 1965.

Changing his career focus, he attended Portland State University for two years, then Western States Chiropractic College, receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1972, and then went on to the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, receiving his Doctor of Naturopathic degree in 1973.

Dr. Carlson opened his own practice in Enterprise (Wallowa County), where they raised their three children. His practice prospered and he added delivering babies at home, which turned out to be his favorite part of his practice.

He also did house calls – often on his motorcycle during his lunch break, his doctor's bag secured behind him.

The Carlsons accepted the Gospel invitation when it was presented to them in 1978 and both remained faithful to God and His promise of salvation through following His Son Jesus Christ all the rest of their lives.

In 1997 Dr. Carlson sold his practice and moved to Lebanon to be closer to their children and to care for his wife. After Linda died in 2001, he moved to Sweet Home. He met Mary Elsberry of McMinnville at their annual fellowship convention and they were married in 2003. They resided in Sweet Home until his death.

Dr. Carlson is survived by his wife, Mary; his three children, Angela and son-in-law Ron Train of Joseph, Ginger and son-in-law Nate Pratt of Salem, and Richard and daughter-in-law Jennifer Carlson of Salem; six grandchildren; two step-children, Michael and daughter-in-law Marilyn Elsberry, and Michelle and son-in-law Neal Lusher all of McMinn-ville; seven step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; sisters Lynn Bloomfield, and Lonnie and brother-in-law Dan Harms, all of Canby; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda; parents Richard Wamsley, and Gordon and Eve-slyn Carlson; and brother Lee Carlson.

A private service will be held for close family and friends. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Lewis Cemetery. Condolences can be sent to Mary Carlson in care of Sweet Home Funeral Chapel 1443 Long St. Sweet Home, OR, 97386.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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