Ronald Martin Carlson, born March 8, 1955, in Rankin, Texas went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on December 29th, 2022. Funeral Services will be at 4:00pm, Friday, February 4, 2022 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel. Burial will be at 3:00pm, Saturday, February 5, 2022 at the Old Rock Church Cemetery, Cranfills Gap, TX
He was Baptized in ‘55 and Confirmed in ‘69 at Midland Lutheran Church in Midland, Texas.
He spent his early years working summers on the farm with his grandfather Meissner. He loved those summers dearly, working, fishing, camping, and swimming. He always loved being outdoors. (but he certainly didn’t like his grandma Meissner’s chickens.)
He was an active member of the Girl Scouts and one year his group of boys at Day Camp were infamous for catching lizards in their drinking bucket. They didn’t mind if it was a little dirty at lunch time. He was quite the trickster. One time, Ronnie told one of his sisters to be quiet, when she didn’t listen- she found herself with a mouth full of horned toad. That funny fella was always up for a good joke or prank
He’d once taken an archery class at YMCA, which would inspire a lifetime love for the hobby. Bow hunting, and deer hunting in general were his passion; which he passed along to his children and grandchildren. Nothing he liked better than being in a blind at the crack of dawn, or just before sunset; especially with his kids. Between morning and afternoon hunts you could be sure he was searching for arrowheads. He was fascinated by them and in time, he’d become very proficient at knapping his own arrowheads. He was an avid reader with a love for great books. He’d often be found with one in hand, usually a western; some of which he’d practically memorized after having read them so many times.
In his high-school years he enjoyed working with a group called TARS, where he was given the nickname “squirrel”. He acquired many nicknames through the years…RC, Scrawny Ronnie, G, G-daddy, Gheeto, and a family favorite: Daisy Duke (after he cut his jeans off a bit too short).
He attended Odessa College and Midland College. He loved all kinds of math courses. Sometimes professors would call him to take their class if they needed more students to make a new class. And he loved studying German and later could often be found ranting colorfully in the language.
He was ALWAYS willing to help in anything his friends had going on. Ronnie was always willing to try and do any part of a project, even though he did not inherit his mother’s gift for repair. Anyone could call at any time and he was there. It was a bonus for him if it was family and he considered everyone he met to be family. Every dependable and always punctual. Ronnie was the man you could count on, no matter what.
Over the years his resume included; Dr Pepper warehouse, Construction, and several different positions amongst the grocery industries. One of our mom’s favorite lines when people would ask her what or how he was doing was “he is in drugs” forgetting to specify that he was the drug manager at a grocery store.
He was married at Midland Lutheran Church to Lanis Blakley
He spent the majority of his life so closely with his kids and grandchildren. Nearly every single day of their lives include memories and laughter with Dad, or G as his grandkids called him. He leaves behind his treasured daughter, Christin Carlson and Thomas Turner of Midland, Texas. And his beloved son, Matthew Carlson and wife Casi of Wimberly Texas; Four grandchildren, KKay, Jake, Keaton and Saylor. He is survived by four sisters: Maranna Horn of Hamilton, Texas, Donna Mize (Wayne) of McCaulley, Texas, Sherry Evans of Midland, Texas and Theresa Schulz (Todd) of Princeton, Texas, numerous nieces and nephews and many special lifelong friends.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents, C G Martin Carlson and Doris Aliene Meissner Carlson and one grandchild.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com