Robert Lowell Carlson, age 71, of Darwin, died March 13, 1998 at St. Cloud Hospital.
Services were conducted March 16 at Evangelical Covenant Church of Dassel with the Revs. Keith Carlson, Wallace Pratt and Douglas Johnson officiating. Music was by granddaughter, Esther Carlson, pianist, and Harvey Peterson, organist. Congregational hymns were also sung.
Honorary casket bearers were Morris Latt, Roger Werner, John Nelson, Wallace Newstrom, LeRoy Peterson, Mark Crayford and Marvin Beckman.
Active casket bearers were sons and grandsons, Tom Carlson, Doug Carlson, Dean Carlson, and Jim Carlson; Luke Carlson, Ryan Johnson and Andrew Carlson. Interment was in Dassel Cemetery.
Robert Lowell Carlson was born July 29, 1926, to Albin and Ruth (Nordstrom) Carlson in Spicer.
He moved to the Dassel area in 1936 and was a 1947 Dassel High School graduate.
He was married to Ethelyn Johnson Oct. 14, 1949, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel. They resided north of Dassel for two years, then for six years in the Cokato area, and in 1957 moved to their farm in Ellsworth Township, where he had since resided.
Robert had spent his lifetime in dairy and grain farming. He had served on the Dassel Co-op Creamery board and as its chairman for 20 years, was a member of the local and state DHIA boards, active in the Meeker County 4-H program, and was vice president of Top Farm Hybrids of Cokato. He was an active booster of the D-C Chargers and the D-C Saints baseball team.
Robert was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel and a former member of the church board. He had been confirmed at the Covenant Church in 1940.
Survivors include his wife, Ethelyn; children, Mary (Rev. Douglas) Johnson of Princeton, Ill., Thomas (Joyce) of Darwin, Douglas (Rori) and Dean (Beth) of Dassel, and James (Julie) of Hutchinson; 12 grandchildren; sisters, Marilyn Fredrickson of Dassel, June Borg of Cokato, and Lois Engel of Howard Lake; and a brother, Donald of Cokato.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dennis Lowell; and a sister, Lorraine.