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Wayne "Kit" Carson, 84

Hayward, Wis. - Wayne "Kit" Carson, 84, of Hayward, Wis. died Saturday, May 22, 2004 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hayward, Wis. with Father Bill Green officiating. A time of gathering of family and friends will be held from 9:30 a.m. to the time of services Wednesday at the church. Military rites will be accorded by the Hayward Veterans Council. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hayward.

Wayne Delaney Carson was born on October 26, 1919 in Parsons, Kan., the son of Chester and Ethel (Delaney) Carson.

Kit was united in marriage to Darlyne "Dar" Carson on May 6, 1963 in Carson City, Nev.

Kit had a very distinguished military career in the United States Air Force. He was a B-17 pilot during World War II, flying over 21 missions.

He and his crew were shot down behind enemy lines n Belgium and were rescued by the French resistance and flown back to England several days later.

After the liberation of WWII, Kit was involved with transporting concentration camp survivors to their home countries. During the Korean conflict, Kit flew missions to drop night agents into North Korea. He also flew air medical evacuations for three years from 1951-53.

After flying 12 different airplanes and logging over 8,000 hours of flying time, Kit retired from the military on June 30, 1964. Kit and Dar then moved to Hayward, Wis. Kit saw a need for an Insurance office in Hayward and started the State Farm Insurance Agency which he ran successfully for 24 years and retired for a second time in 1988.

He loved fishing, especially fly fishing and gardening, his sense of humor and how he loved to tease people. He was a loving husband, dad and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Mark (Colleen) Daniels of Pine City and Michael (Cheryl) Daniels of Hudson, Wis.; six daughters, Collene (Pat) Mahon of Las Vegas, Nev. ; Cindy (Kenny Saccomano) Carson of Las Vegas, Nev., Michelle (Kevin) Duffy of Thief River Falls, Mary (Steve) Thomas-Stoffel of Eden Prairie, Danielle (Shawn) Olson of New Brighton, and Elizabeth (Don) Knop of Oxford, Mich.; 27 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Louise Sora of Anaheim, Calif. and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and two grandsons. A00003B2004MY26

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