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July 17, 2009
The Town Crier
Keith “Casey” L. Carlson Jr. of Cridersville passed away the evening of June 24 at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. He was 50 years old.

Keith was born Aug. 22, 1958 in Washington, D.C., to Keith Sr. and Irene Vacca Carlson of Canfield.

Casey was a clinical pharmacist at St. Rita's Medical Center for 18 years. He thoroughly enjoyed his work and truly loved St. Rita's Hospital. He was a past member of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. He gave critical care lectures to nurses and taught about how to care for a sick patient. Casey also volunteered to talk to patients who had been diagnosed with catastrophic illnesses. He was a master of all trades and strove for perfection in everything that he did.

He was a very loving and compassionate husband, father, grandfather, brother and son.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 29 years, Tracy Cohen Carlson of Cridersville; his five siblings, Tina (Bill) Wepler of Piano, Texas; Robin (Michael) Martinelli of Berlin Center; Dianne (Joe) Gregor, Vista, Calif.; Raymond (Lori) Carlson of Lowelville, and Mark (Lisa) Carlson of  Buffalo, N.Y.; his children, Heidi D. Owens of Lima, Keith L. (Lauren) Carlson III of Columbus, and Craig A. Carlson of Dayton; and three grandchildren, Nathan, Ethan and Austin Owens.

A funeral service was held Monday morning at the Chiles-Laman Funeral Home in Shawneee, after which he was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lima.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family for a plaque that will be dedicated in his honor at the College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University.

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