In Memory of

Rev. Delmar Duane Carlson

July 27, 1930 - January 18, 2020
From: Cherokee, IA

Delmar Duane Carlson was born July 27, 1930, in Stromsburg, Nebraska, to Ernest and Edna (Carlson) Carlson. Hi died January 20, 2020. Delmar grew up speaking both Swedish and English and enjoyed all things Swedish—even Lutefisk. He graduated from Stromsburg High School where he was a member of National Honor Society, music, band and basketball. He received BA from Bethany College in Lindsburg, Kansas, and M.Div from Augustana Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois and his D.Min from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Illinois. His doctoral thesis was on Pastoral Care of the Elderly. While in seminary there was an epidemic of chicken pox and mumps. Seminarians who became ill were taken to Lutheran Hospital in Moline, Illinois. There he was cared for by a student nurse and August 5, 1956, he married that nurse, Zona Goodrich in Keokuk, Iowa.

 Delmar was ordained into the Augustana Lutheran Church at Fargo, North Dakota on June 15, 1956. His entire ministry was served in Iowa at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albia, Iowa, St. John Lutheran Church in Madrid, Iowa, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa. He retired in 1996 but continued to serve part time as visitation pastor , equipper for Christ Care Groups, and to sing “Children of the Heavenly Father” in Swedish at funerals. He and Zona were parents of three children, Lynette (Greg Sievert), Brian (D’Lisa McKinzie, and Lynnea (Matt Peterson); grandparents to Ian (Alexis) Carlson and Katelyn Peterson and Gherrit Peterson.

 Delmar enjoyed bird watching, gardening, sports, traveling, going for walks, and any activity with his children and grandchildren. A very special trip involved studying in Israel for his doctorate and after retirement touring Scandinavia and going to the area where his father grew up.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Brian; brothers, Milford, Edsel and wife Delores; sisters, Phyllis (Don Scamehorn) and Harriet.

 He is survived by his wife, Zona; daughters and sons-in law, Lynnette and Greg Sievert, Lynnea and Matt Peterson; three grandchildren, Ian (Alexis) Carlson, Katelyn Peterson, and Gherrit Peterson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Tribute Video
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 4, 2021, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa.
Pastor Jean Morse
Honorary Bearers

Greg Sievert
Matt Peterson
Gherrit Peterson
Ian Carlson
Katelyn Peterson
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, with family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Oak Hill Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa


Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7:47 AM
“Zone and family. Sorry for your loss. Pastor Carlson and I have had a wonderful relationship over the years. I remember him being the Pastor at my grandfathers church in Madrid and came as a great surprise when he was called to Bethlehem. God bless you and yours. ”
- Roger Olson
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7:47 AM
“Zona and family: My appreciative reflections are broad and warm. Knowing and working with Del was always warm and meaningful and professional. May all the memories you have bring forth to you consolation, and wholesome JOY. ”
- Fr. Gene Sitzmann
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 3:47 PM
“Our prayers are with the Carlson family on Delmar's passing. I have many fond memories of the support and welcoming environment Pastor Carlson created for our family at Bethelehem Lutheran Church. My wife and I feel blesed to have had him officiate our wedding there in 1986. Peace be with you all.”
- Bradley and Anne Allen
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 3:47 PM
“So sorry for your loss. He was such a kind caring gentleman. May God comfort you all.”
- The Ed Benson family
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 2:42 PM
“Zona and family, sorry to hear of Delmars passing, it was a pleasure helping him and hearing of a wonderful man he was.”
- Sandy Peters
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 4:44 PM
“To Zona and family, so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Brent & Nancy Hofer”
- Brent and Nancy Hofer
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 8:43 AM
“Dearest Zona & family, so sorry for your loss of an amazing man. He has made the world a better place because of his compassion, wisdom, & caring. May his memory & love give you comfort & peace. Witn love & fond memories. Barbara”
- Barbara Florke
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 8:43 AM
“To Zona and family..We were saddened to hear of the loss of our wonderful friend and neighbor,Pastor Carlson. We will certainly miss him and his kind and gentle manor. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Ronnie and Bonnie Hatch”
- Ronnie and Bonnie Hatch
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 11:21 AM
“Zona and family,
I was saddened to hear of Pastor Carlson’s passing. I always loved hearing him talk and sing at St. John’s in Madrid. Such a kind heart. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.”
- Susan (Carlson) Martin
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 11:21 AM
“My heartfelt sympathies to the family of Rev Delmer Carlson. Peace be with you all. ”
- Brenda Perrin
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7:32 AM
“You are all in my prayers. I fondly remember him and your family. ”
- Wendy Wade Ortmann
Monday, January 20, 2020 at 7:23 PM
“Zona and family,

So very sorry to hear of the Delmar's passing. We had a good bunch of neighbors on Cherry Street and always looked out for each other. He will be missed for sure!”
- Kelly Heinen
Send Your Condolences
  • logo
  • Cherokee 216 South 2nd Street
    Highway 59 South
    Cherokee, Iowa 51012
    (712) 225-4886
  • Marcus 100 Eagle Avenue
    Marcus, Iowa 51035
    (712) 376-4886