Randall K. Carlson

Randall K. Carlson, 66, of Wilmington, Delaware passed away Friday, June 7, 2024. He was born on October 21, 1957, in Salina to Carl L. A. (Lawrence) Carlson and Glenna (Miller) Carlson. He graduated from Salina High School Central in 1975 and obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bethany College. During this period, he was a member of several honor societies and clubs including Alpha Sigma Nu, Theta Chi Delta (chemistry honors), Math and Physics Club, and the Chemistry Club. Following his undergraduate work, he went on to advanced studies in organic chemistry at Iowa State University where he obtained his master’s degree.

Following his university studies, he has spent his 40+ year career working for a number chemical and pharmaceutical companies including Dupont, Bristol Myers-Squibb, and Lab Corp. His work during the last few decades was for firms that provide statistical analyses and reporting of testing performed for pharmaceutical development. During his time at DuPont, he was listed as co-inventor on several US patents.

As a young man, Randall enjoyed participating in the world of amateur radio. He received his “Ham” license in the ‘70s but was most active when he was in Delaware. He served a term as Delaware Section Leader for the American Radio Relay League (emergency ham communications and other related activities). Randall was also a skilled photographer with wildlife being a favorite subject. He didn’t need to take exotic trips for subjects. He found them all around… birds, bees on a flower, any  local creature. He spent many pleasant hours in local parks and nature preserves pursuing this hobby.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 infant sisters, Kay, Fay and May Carlson. Randall is survived by his brother Darvin of Shawnee, Kansas.

A graveside service will be held at Gypsum Hill Cemetery, 2020 East Iron Avenue, Salina, Kansas at Noon on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Friends and family who wish to gather and reminisce may gather at Ryan Mortuary at 11:00 a.m. prior to the procession to the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Bethany College Endowment, in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 North Eight Street, Salina, Kansas 67401.