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Gaylord J. Carlson

November 15, 1939 — November 25, 2020

Gaylord J. Carlson, 81, of Dayton, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

Carson ~ Stapp Funeral Home in Dayton is assisting Gaylord’s family. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date in the Dayton Cemetery. For online obituaries & condolences visit:

Gaylord James Carlson was born on November 15, 1939, in Palm Grove, Iowa, the son of Darrell and Ruth (Long) Carlson. He attended Dayton Schools.

Gaylord was a lifelong mechanic and owned & operated Carlson Auto Service in Dayton for many years.

Gaylord enjoyed flying airplanes and had even rebuilt the engine of his Cessna 120
taildragger. He had his pilot’s license for 37 years. Gaylord also loved his ham radio gear collection.

In addition to his parents, Gaylord was preceded in death by his daughter, Valerie Mortenson, and his sister, Barbara Jean Carlson.

Survivors include his children, Natalie (Ron) Meeker, Scott Carlson (Luann), Mark Carlson, Sandi (Dan) Doyle, Susan (Dan) Reider, and Toni Swan; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; his brother, Steve (Jan) Carlson; and nieces and nephews.

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