Monday, January 17, 2022

Carl Haflinger, 96, formerly of BP

Carl Edward Haflinger, resident of Blooming Prairie 2008-2016, entered into peaceful rest Oct. 12, 2020, at Pikes Peak Hospice, Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was the son of Alfred and Florence Haflinger, born on Aug. 22, 1924 in Chicago. Carl was the second child of three, and their only son. He graduated from Kelvyn Park High School in 1943.

His family attended Cragin Covenant Mission Church and later The Salvation Army in Chicago. At age 10, Carl, his mother, and sister, Ruth, became Christians, receiving Christ as their Lord and Savior. He attended confirmation classes, and quickly grew in his knowledge of the Bible and in the strength of his faith in Christ.  His younger sister Grace was born in 1937.

After high school, Carl enlisted in the Army Air Corp (Air Force) in April 1943, and was trained in radio mechanics and operations. He flew domestically in a Piper J-3L & 3C, learning radio communications. In February 1946, Carl requested and received an Honorable Discharge, wanting to focus his vocation on religious radio broadcasting. 

In 1948, he began his 40-year career at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, initially as Institute Messenger and Elevator Operator. At the same time, he enrolled at DeVry Technical Institute and attained his First-Class Operator license from the FCC. In 1953, he was promoted at WMBI as radio technician, and in 1958 as control room supervisor. In 1963, he became supervisor of Control Room Engineers. Many in the Broadcasting department expressed appreciation for Carl’s faithful service and how he supported and encouraged them.

Carl met Joyce Ditlevson while working at Moody, delivering mail to her desk in the music department. He asked her to marry him on her birthday at Buckingham fountain, downtown Chicago, on Aug. 11, 1950. One year later to the day they married.

The happy couple adopted two children: Elizabeth in 1960, and Jonathan in 1964.

Many hobbies and interests were important parts of Carl’s life: writing poetry and songs, The Boy Scouts, The American Legion, The Pacific Garden Mission, The National Rifle Association, teaching himself financial investing, Chicago sports teams, electronics, and radio. He volunteered with Joyce at International Ministries to Israel. Carl served on various boards in his church and led the worship and hymn singing many Sundays.

Carl and Joyce lived in Chicago over 50 years and had the great joy of retiring to Blooming Prairie for eight years. They attended First Baptist, “the church that Carl loved” from 2008 to 2016. Later, he and Joyce moved to Colorado Springs to live near their daughter. During his time there, Carl became a fan of Veterans Affairs and the Sunday afternoon hymn sing where he knew nearly every verse from memory.

Carl is survived by his sister, Grace (Ron) Jonassen of Palatine, Ill.; brother-in-law, Roger Sorenson of Ely; his daughter, Beth (Tim) Gunsolley of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his son, Jon (Debby) Haflinger of Antioch, Ill.; grandchildren, Lauren (Taylor) Floyd; Trenton Gunsolley; and Ian Haflinger; and great-grandson, Kyden Floyd.

He was preceded in death by Joyce, his parents, and his sister, Ruth. 

The memorial service will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021 at First Baptist Church and internment at the Danish Baptist Cemetery, both in Blooming Prairie.


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