Norman R. Carlson, 83, passed from this life to a better home above on June 11, 2012, at Presbyterian Manor in Wichita, Kan.
Norman was born March 30, 1928, in Fort Scott, the first son of Arthur and Lorena Carlson. He was one of seven siblings in that family.
Norman had been employed for many years at Kansas Turnpike Authority and Boeing in Wichita.
He married his first wife Frances. They later divorced. He then married Bonnie. She preceded him in death. He then married Zita, who also preceded him in death.
He was a member of Wichita Lodge No. 99 of Scottish Rite and a past commander of The Legion of Honor. Norman was a fine musician having been taught by classical violinist Markwood Holmes. Norman also played guitar and mandolin.
He is survived by one daughter Jacqueline Sue Diffenbaugh of Mulvane, Kan.; five brothers, Paul and Gerald, Birmingham, Ala., Don, Leavenworth, Kan., and Ralph and Larry, Fort Scott; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred, in 1978 and two sons, John Arthur Carlson, Wichita, and Anthony Ray Carlson, Mexico.
Graveside services were held Thursday, June 14, 2012, in the Resthaven Cemetery, Wichita.