Lee Owen Carlson

September 25, 1941 - September 29, 2018

Lee  Owen  Carlson


Belvidere, IL

Lee Owen Carlson, 77, of Belvidere IL, went home to be with the Lord, on September 29, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 25, 1941 in Fort Madison, IA, the son of Einar and Marguerite (Becker) Carlson. Lee married the love of his life Candace (Candy) R. Cottrell on July 20, 1968. Lee and Candy celebrated their 50th anniversary this past July in Branson, MO with their family.

Lee was a faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ and was a wonderful, loving and devoted husband, dad, papa, father-in-law, son, brother and brother-in-law. He was a member of Heartland Community Church in Rockford, IL. Lee worked in construction with his dad until starting at Chrysler in 1965. He retired on July 31, 2001 after 36 years of service. Lee Enjoyed spending time with family, woodworking, painting, garage sales and going out to eat or getting coffee with friends at McDonalds.

He is loved and missed by his wife Candy; son, Erik Lee Carlson of Belvidere; daughter, Dayna (Jeff) Rebelak of Westmoreland, TN; grandson, Joshua Burgus of Westmore, TN; numerous sister-in-law’s, brother-in-law’s and nieces and nephews.

Lee’s family wants to thank their extended family, friends and doctors and nurses at UW, OSF and Northern IL Hospice for all of their love and support.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 19, 2018 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave. Belvidere, IL 61008. A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. till 12:45 p.m. prior to service. Cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers memorial may be given to Northern IL Hospice or The American Cancer Society. To light a candle or share condolence, please visit

Service Schedule

Friday, October 19, 2018
- 12:45 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. till 12:45 p.m. prior to service.

Friday, October 19, 2018
2:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 19, 2018 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave. Belvidere, IL 61008.

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Our Hearts and prayers go out to you during this very difficult time.
Lean on your faith in God that he will heal the pain that you are feeling with the loss of Lee.

Brad Groves 2018-10-19T10:48:58

I met Lee in 2002 when my brother Jeff began dating Lee’s daughter Dayna. Before I met the man in person, Jeff showed me a picture of Lee from high school, where he was a star shot putter. The picture was taken from a low angle, and showed Lee in the classic shot put pose – one huge, muscular arm extended to maintain balance, and the other arm cocked behind his head, the “put” all but engulfed in a massive paw.

As I studied this hulk of a man with perfect definition in muscle groups I didn’t even know existed, I remember secretly hoping that Lee was an even tempered man. Because even though my brother was an imposing figure in his own right, the guy in the picture I was handed looked like he could have played Arnold Schwarzenegger’s stunt double in the movie Hercules In New York.

When I actually did meet Lee, it took me all of two seconds to realize I had no reason to worry. Two things immediately struck me when I first shook his hand. One was that Lee (who was, at this point, decades removed from the young man I’d seen in that high school picture) could still, if he felt so inclined, rip my arm from its socket and beat me senseless with the same amount of effort it would take me to swat a fly. The second thing that struck me is that Lee would never do such a thing. It was all in his handshake – assertive and firm, but also warm and kind.

I know it’s cliche, but Lee truly was a gentle giant. Although I never spent enough time with him for our relationship to qualify as close, I saw him many, many times in the intervening years. From hot summer days spent lounging in the pool behind the house he shared with his wife, Candy, to dozens of holidays and get-togethers spent playing games and shooting the breeze, Lee’s was always a welcome presence.

I will miss his grace, his generosity of spirit, his hospitality, and his simple, yet profound kindness. And while I wish I could say I knew him more, I’m grateful to say I knew him at all.

I extend my deepest sympathies to all those affected by this loss, but especially to those Lee held dearest – Candy, Erik, Dayna, and Josh – all of whom stand as monuments to kindness in their own rights. Lee’s legacy will be one most strive for, but never achieve – a lifetime spent in service to his convictions and faith; a beautiful family; and a sea of people who were moved by how diligently he cultivated the Fruits of the Spirit in his own heart, and how freely he gave them to anyone fortunate enough to cross his path.

David Rebelak 2018-10-19T09:53:54

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

How grieved we are with you Candy, Erik, Dayna & Josh. Although Lee will be sorely missed on this earth, we can be comforted to know he is rejoicing pain-free in heaven. Lee leaves a legacy of the 4 of you, who all model such true Christian character and kindness of spirit. My family was privileged to know Lee. He was always so interesting to talk to and see his talent unfold in all of his crafts and projects. And I was blessed and encouraged to witness how patient and uncomplaining spirit he bore during his illness. He touched so many lives and we will miss him. God bless.

Violet Steve and Makayla 2018-10-18T03:28:51

Candy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss, and did not know that Lee had been ill. When Bill & I lived on Hallen, I remember visiting with Lee when I was out walking and also seeing him at craft fairs. He was a very talented man and always friendly. Thinking of you and family with prayers.

Marcia Henneberry 2018-10-13T10:04:11

Joshua, so sorry for your loss

jay burgus 2018-10-05T07:59:09

You all are in my prayers. Dayna, we love you. May you all feel the presence of the Lord and find comfort in Him

Ralph Stacey 2018-10-03T21:39:04

Candy, Dayna, Eric,
Just wanted to express my sorry at Lee’s Passing. He will be sorely missed because he was such a great guy.Our loss is Heaven’s gain.
Gary Rebelak

GAry Rebelak 2018-10-03T16:21:43

From the moment we met Lee, we felt the gentle love of the Lord in his heart. His sweet smile and compassion sealed our love for him.
We grieve with you at the loss of such a great man in this world, yet we know he is rejoicing in heaven with our Savior. To know that he is now able run, oh what joy, he looked forward to this very moment and now knows the joy we all long for. To know that he grew in Christ to the very end, to know that he spread God’s love to others, to know him personally, how blessed we have been to know Lee. A man who patiently persevered, without complaint, who modeled true character for us, can’t wait to see him again. We love you all so much and prayers for the family.

Vernon and Faith 2018-10-03T14:55:17

We are so very sorry for your loss. We live 2 houses away from you on Hallen Ave. Eric knows who we are. Our prayers are with you all.

Ron and Lynne Ortgiesen 2018-10-03T13:51:09

Jeremy and I are so sorry for your loss. We are friends of Dayna and her family. Prayers to you.

Vikki Weeden 2018-10-03T12:59:39


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