Charles Joseph Carlson


Charles Joseph Carlson


Charlie Carlson

Charles Joseph Carlson , 55, of Billings, died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. He was at home with his wife, Beth.

Charlie was born in Miles City on Nov. 10, 1963. He was the youngest child of James and Patricia Carlson’s 10 children. Charlie graduated from Sacred Heart High School, attended college at both Carrol College in Helena and the University of Montana in Missoula. He lived for a short time in North Dakota and then returned to Billings. There he became the kitchen manager at the old Elmer’s restaurant. Working there, he met the love of his life, Beth Blakely. They would have been married for 25 years this coming January. These years were the best and happiest years of Charlie’s life. Beth’s heart is breaking as she lets him go. His reward is well deserved and well earned.

Moving on from the kitchen manager, Charlie worked for the past 17 years in the bakery at Costco, where he made many good friends and enjoyed the camaraderie of a close group of coworkers. He had a good time working with his friends, and will be missed by so many.

Charlie will be remembered for his beautiful smile, his sense of humor, his joy and his insatiable search for knowledge. His curiosity was infectious and constant. He also had a beautiful baritone voice and sang in many weddings and funerals. He performed in plays and musicals in every city he lived, where the thrill of the production gave special life to those days. He willing shared all these gifts with all of us surrounding him.

He is survived by his wife, Beth; his siblings, Mary Rieley, Amy (Jim) Strecker, John (Judi) Carlson, David (Nancy) Carlson, Kitty Carlson (husband Tim Benzie), Joan (Doug) Hatch. Also surviving him are Beth’s siblings, Bernie Blakely, Bruce (Sue) Blakely, Bill Blakely, Bonnie (Charlie) Dubell. He was the favorite and funny uncle to numerous nieces and nephews on both sides. He loved them very much.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.

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11 thoughts on “Charles Joseph Carlson”

  1. Shelley Killen

    Beth, So sorry for your loss. I have great memories of Charlie from high school and college. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. SHHS Class of 82 is still reeling from this news. We have had a group message going since we heard, and it is filled with some precious memories about Charlie….singing, humor, brilliance and….some partying. Love and prayers to all of you as your grieve this loss.

  3. Judy Sweeney Wolfe

    So sorry for you loss. Just remember Charlie as Mary’s little brother. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Phyllis anderson Stevens

    I was in many plays with Charlie in Miles City with the Barn Players and he was a dear friend! My condolences to his family!

  5. I extend my deep sympathies to Charlie’s family and to his siblings. I would often see Charlie when I would visit his oldest brother Jim during the 1966-68 time period. Charlie was then an amiable, energetic, and cheerful lad of less than five years old. I am inclined to think that he had a twinkle in his eye. For those who were fortunate enough to know Charlie better than I did, I hope that the good memories will offer some comfort now and in the years to come.

  6. Let God guide you through this difficult time. Sister David always said Charlie was her favorite. They must be together now…..Charlie’s cousin JoAnne Thornton Warnekes.

  7. Johna Zinda Wilcox

    Ah, Dave and Kitty – I can’t tell you how sorry I am. I am deeply saddened by your loss. My thoughts are with you.

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