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William ‘Bill’ J. Carlson

William “Bill” J. Carlson, age 83, of Dassel, formerly of Kingston, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at the Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel.

He was born Aug. 18, 1924, in Kingston, the son of Oscar and Hattie (Tuttle) Carlson. He grew up in the Kingston area, attending the Kingston Elementary school, and later, the Litchfield High School.

Bill was inducted into the US Army Air Force in 1942. He served his country as a firefighter at an army air corps airfield until 1946.

Bill was united in marriage to Lorraine (Lori) Peterson Aug. 23, 1944, in Kingston. They made their home in Kingston, Minneapolis, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Green Valley, Ariz.; Howard Lake, and since June of 2007, Dassel.

Employed as a machinist in Minneapolis, Bill later owned and operated his own service station on Glenwood Avenue. For over 20 years, he had also worked for the City of Orono Public Works Department and had become a supervisor. Bill retired from working with the Orono City Public Works Department June 30, 1987.

Bill enjoyed the times that he spent with his family and friends. He was fond of his nieces and nephews, and enjoyed their many visits.

Over the years, Bill and Lori had visited many wonderful sites around the country. Bill loved to play golf, and enjoyed a good game of cribbage.

He is survived by his wife, Lori, of Dassel; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Wilbert and (Bernice) Peterson, Arnold Peterson, Margaret (Bill) Henrickson, Margie Mueller, Dorothy (Ernest) Larson, Estella Merriman, Roger (Maxine) Peterson, and Marlene (Roger) Ahlm; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and good friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine and Willard Erickson.

A memorial service took place Friday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato, preceded by a time to gather with family and friends. Music was provided by organist Linda Korhonen, and soloist, Sheldon Hedin, who sang “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “In The Garden.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “Blessed Assurance.” Interment of the urn will take place at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery Monday, Nov. 5 at 1:45 p.m.

Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.