Hugh Edward Carlson, age 80, died Monday, July 1, 2019 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Mr. Carlson was born January 4, 1939 in Peoria, Illinois to the late Francis Wayne Carlson and Ruth (Dillon) Carlson. He was also preceded in death by his first wife of 51 years, Melody Lane (Maanum) Carlson in 2016. He married Marty Pyle on October 7, 2017. Hugh honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1962-1964 during the “Berlin Buildup” as a radio announcer at the American Forces Network Europe and came home to be a broadcast journalist for some 40 years at radio stations including WTMJ Milwaukee, WCKY Cincinnati and WJR Detroit. Hugh’s highest award was the Mortage Bankers Association’s Janus national award which he won for WTMJ-TV in 1975 for the best TV business series in the nation. He also won many other radio broadcasting awards throughout the years. In 1992, Hugh had a near death experience which changed his life forever. Because of that experience, he went into Christian ministry and produced the weekly Christian radio program “Worship”. It was on the air for ten years and on five stations including WAWK Kendallville and WNRL Ligonier.
Wife, Marty Pyle Carlson of Kendallville.
Son, Eric and Diana Carlson of Lake Orion, Michigan.
Two grandchildren, Joshua and Grace.
Step daughter, Kim and Roger Bolen of Kendallville.
Step son, Brad and Kari Sage of Kendallville.
Step son, Gary and Michelle Sage of Kendallville.
Step son, Jardan Pyle of Texas.
9 step grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 5, 2019 at 12 noon at First Christian Church with one hour of calling prior to the funeral service. Pastor Bob Farmer will officiate the service.
Burial will follow at Lake View Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church.
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Arrangements entrusted to Hite Funeral Home.