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Kenneth Roger Carlson

Kenneth Roger Carlson, age 62, of Worthington, Minn., formerly of Annandale, died Monday, July 23, 2007 at the Sioux Falls, S.D. VA Hospital.

Funeral service was Friday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, preceded by visitation from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Kenneth was born in Duluth Feb. 4, 1945 and was adopted by Melvin and Meryl Carlson. He grew up on the Carlson farm in Stockholm Township, and graduated from Cokato High School.

After high school, Ken joined the US Army in 1962. He served his country during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1965.

After his time in the service, Kenneth worked for Northland Canning.

He was married to Sheila Freiberg in Annandale in1969. To this union, six children were born.

Kenneth worked as a mechanic most of his life. He was employed at Country Chevrolet in Annandale, and Gould Brothers in Monticello. He was an emergency medical technicial and member of the Annandale Fire Department for many years.

In the 1980s, Ken attended St. Cloud Technical School and earned a Waste Water Treatment Certification. He also worked as a sales representative for Stens Corporation of Stevens Point, Wis.

Most recently, Ken was living in Worthington and managed a senior living apartment building.

In his early years, Ken enjoyed caring for horses and livestock and was a member of the 4H Club. In his later years, he became an avid Minnesota Gophers fan, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

Ken is survived by his children, Mitchell (Rebecca) Carlson of Annandale, Maria (Peter) Lerohl of Willmar, Richard (Traci) Carlson of Superior, Wis., Myles Carlson of Annandale, Julie (Gene Jr.) South of Paynesville, and Ashley Carlson of Annandale; his former wife, Sheila Carlson of Annandale; his life partner, Mary Nordgren of Worthingon; grandchildren Heather and Bryce Carlson, Kirsten, John, Patrick and Christopher Lerohl, Josh, Randy Jr, Aaron and Danielle Carlson and Triston and Hunter South; and brothers, Edward, Richard, David, and Chuck.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and (birth) siblings, Carol, Betty, Dale, Robert, Donald, Leonard, and Marie.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

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