Allan G. Carlson

  • Born: December 23, 1929
  • Died: August 7, 2015
  • Location: Carmel, Indiana

Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center Carmel

325 E Carmel Dr
Carmel, IN 46032
Tel. (317) 848-2929

Tribute & Message From The Family

Allan G. Carlson, 85, Carmel, passed away August 7, 2015. He was born December 23, 1929, in Chicago, IL, the son of Claes Birger and Thora Otelia (Johnson) Carlson. He married Mary Carolyn Steffen on July 4, 1962 in Indianapolis.

Allan was a proud graduate of Purdue University, receiving his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1952. He then served in the United States Navy for three years. He owned and operated Currise & Carlson Inc. from 1961 until his retirement in 1996.

Allan was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, the Purdue Alumni Association, John Purdue Club, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Meridian Hills Country Club, and a lifetime member of ASHRAE. He was an avid enthusiast of Purdue athletics and the Indianapolis Colts. He often shared his great sense of humor and clever card tricks. He enjoyed woodworking, boating, fishing, family, and traveling the world.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Carolyn Carlson; children, Craig (Debbie) Carlson, Stephanie Carlson Curtis, Reed (Sandy) Carlson, and Kristen (Dean) Durrett; and eleven grandchildren, Annika, Mikaela, Eli, and Kiersten Carlson; J.J., Makenzie, Caroline, and Gracie Curtis; Kaitlyn Carlson; and Davis and Danielle Durrett. He was preceded in passing by a sister, Jean Williams.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, August 14 at 11 am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 14598 Oakridge Road in Carmel. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, in the church narthex. Memorial contributions may be made, in memory of Allan G. Carlson, to Purdue University (please include ME '52) or the Indiana Parkinson Foundation. Online condolences may be shared by visiting Arrangements were entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan – Carmel.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Being adjoining seat mates of the Carlson family there were many Purdue basketball games that we enjoyed. May the fond memories you have of Allan bring you comfort in the years ahead. Jill and Will Heath

Posted by Jill Heath - Indianapolis, IN - Purdue basketball supporters   August 14, 2015


"Life certainly is short."We met at Crooked Stick and helped to burn the morgage. So many memories of our kids at Carmel High School and boat rides. Allan showed our four boys how the boat was maintained......a patient guy. Your loss is great but your memories and photos are wonderful gifts for all of you of Allan and life with him. Thinking of you and wishing you comfort in your loss.

Posted by Ron and Corla Beams - La Quinta, CA - Friends   August 14, 2015


Craig, Debbie, Carol and the extended Carlson family members. Bill and I are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We both have experienced the sadness you are feeling at this most difficult time. Hold tight to your cherished memories and know that are thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Bill and Janice Breier - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   August 13, 2015

Many good memories of Allan's sense of fun and welcoming spirit. The wonderful Carlson family
is in my thoughts at this sad time, as each of you is very special to me. Love and sympathy to all
of you.

Posted by Suzie Kercheval - Carmel, IN - Friend   August 13, 2015

To our Dear Friends the Carlson family
We are saddened by the loss of the Carlson patriarch as we remember so many fond memories of Al being the generous host and embracing moments, events, dinners , sporting events , family functions with an emphasis on creating joy for his family and others. His clever wit and" jokes a plenty" made it easy to be in his presence and the laugh being the Carlson trademark kept you coming back for more. His family was first, with Purdue probably coming a close second but as friends you always felt you were part of their extended family. We will miss Al and our thoughts are with Carol, the kids and grandkids as they remember and celebrate the memories of an extraordinary man.

Posted by Stephen Hourigan - Zionsville, IN - Friend   August 12, 2015

Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Praying that your happy memories help to comfort you in your loss.
Jodi (Smith) Vinch and family

Posted by Jodi (smith) Vinch - Princeton, NJ - friends with Stepahnie   August 12, 2015

To my wonderful extended family....Mom, Craig, Steph, Reed, Kris and all of the kids, "Poppa" was so special to me and the countless people that had the experience to know him. The memories with all of you will never be forgotten and forever cherished as some of the most fun and crazy times! We are lucky to have been touched by such an incredible man! I know you all are fortunate to have been able to call him Husband, Dad, and Grandpa! I was blessed just knowing him and your wonderful family. Our thoughts and prayers are and will continue to be with you all!
Lovingly, Danny & Pam

Posted by Daniel Williams - Carmel, IN - Son with a different last name   August 11, 2015

Carol, Craig, Stephanie, Reed, Kristen and all your family: Our hearts are heavy for the loss you are experiencing and you are all in our prayers. Your family has always been special to us and especially to Danny, who for many years was so much a part of your family joining you on special adventures, mostly on the boat, a relationship that has continued through the years. Al was always so welcoming to the young people that always wanted to be a part of the fun. He has left many memories that will not quickly be forgotten. The photo you posted Stephanie, from his military years showed he was one handsome gentleman. It will take time to transition this loss, but know that we will be covering you with our prayers. Lovingly, Dick and Barbara Williams

Posted by The Williams Family - Indianapolis/Carmel, IN - Friends   August 11, 2015

I'm so sorry for your loss, Craig and Debbie! I do hope you learned those clever card tricks from your dad, and I hope you can pass them down to the next generation, along with many stories, values and memories. God bless you all.

Dot Reiser

Posted by Dorothy Hackl Reiser - mystic, CT - friend   August 11, 2015

I'm so sorry for your loss. 'Big Al' had a gift for making you feel special; like you were the only person in the room. I've never forgotten the lessons he taught me about navigating their house boat on Lake Monroe. A tear of sadness and a quiet prayer for God's peace I send to you, Kristen, and your entire family.

Posted by Scott Ryan Geltz - Hilton Head Island, SC - Family Friend   August 11, 2015

Sandy & Reed-
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful father/father-in-Law. Thinking of you and Kaitlyn during this difficult time and keeping you in my prayers.

Terri Procopio

Posted by Terri Procopio - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   August 11, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Steph, so very sorry for the loss of your sweet dad, and very special prayers go out to your mom during this difficult time. May you all be surrounded by wonderful memories and comforted by your faith.

Posted by Joni Kluth - Noblesville, IN - friend of Stephanie   August 11, 2015

My deepest condolences to the family. I have fond memories of your father and family.

Posted by Wade Deffenbaugh - Basking Ridge, NJ - family friend   August 11, 2015


I have the most wonderful memories of Mr. Carlson. His daughter Stephanie was one of my really good friends and he always made our group of friends feel so welcome at their home. One of my greatest memories was when Stephanie invited a group of us on their houseboat. We camped nearby and went waterskiing and tubing!! Being a parent now, I can see just how generous Mr. Carlson was to allow all these teenage girls on his house boat and ski boat. What a wonderful jokester he was. I feel blessed to have spent time with the Carlson family and especially to have known Mr. Carlson. Thanks for the wonderful memories. What an amazing husband, father, and grandfather.

Posted by Siobhan Roark - Indianapolis, IN - Friend of Stephanie Carlson   August 10, 2015


Dear Carlson Family,

We're very sorry for your loss! You have been in our thoughts and prayers. May Allan merit all the graces from the treasury of the church and by his devotion to his Roman Catholic faith.

All of Our Love

Posted by Biz Laconi & Family - Carmel, IN - Friend of Stephanie   August 10, 2015

Kristen and family, I am so very sorry for your loss . Keeping you in my prayers

Posted by Jennifer Fyffe - Taylors, SC - Classmate of Kristen Durrett   August 10, 2015

Family Album