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Bobbie Rodell Carson, 90, of Newton passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.
Memorial services celebrating Bobbie's life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Central Christian Church, Newton, with the Rev. Mike Knepper officiating. Masonic Rites will be conducted by the Newton Masonic Lodge No. 216 A.F. & A. M. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Thursday in the church.
Bobbie was born on April 3, 1927, in Prairieton Township, Christian County, Illinois, the son of James and Ailcie (Scoles) Carson. On Dec. 12, 1969, Bobbie married Betty Geraline Rife. She survives. During World War II, Bobbie served his country in the Army Air Corp. Following his time in service, Bobbie was a Civilian Ammunition Specialist for the Department of the Army until his retirement.
Bobbie was a member of the Central Christian Church. His fraternal memberships include the Newton Masonic Lodge No. 216 A. F. & A. M. where he was a 57 year member, Royal Arch Masons, Tuscola, IL, Council, Independence, KS, Knight's Templar, Parson, KS, Shriners International, Pittsburg, KS, Scottish Rite Valley of Danville Consistory, Ghere-Pullen-Reinheimer Post 7862 VFW, Arcola, IL. In his free time, Bobbie enjoyed fishing and playing Bridge.
Bobbie will be loved and remembered by his wife of 47 years, Betty Carson of Newton; sons, Michael Carson of Champaign, Robert (Kathy) Carson of Charleston, and Martin (Deb) Carson of Roseville, MN; stepchildren, Rick Chaney of Deer Park, TX, and Vicki (Dave) Pribble of Champaign; grandchildren, Sarah Schofield of Mattoon, Terry (Kayce) Chaney of Mont Bellview, TX, Jesse (Ashley) Chaney of Deer Park, TX, Shad (Laura) Huddleston of Mattoon, and Brittney Pribble of Champaign; five great-grandchildren; and sisters, Lucille Harper of Royal Oak, MI, and Norma (Jerry) Wright of Trivoli, IL.
His parents, son Richard Ray Carson, sisters Arlene Lydick, Doris Seward, and Lois Keho preceded him in death.
Memorials gifts may be made to the Central Christian Church or the Newton Masonic Lodge. Online condolences may be offered at www.crainfuneral.com.
Published on July 18, 2017
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