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Donald Burton Carlson

Donald Burton Carlson, age 83, of Canton, Ga., recently of Cokato, died peacefully Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, at home.

He was born Sept. 1, 1924, in Litchfield, to Albin and Ruth (Nordstrom) Carlson.

Donald attended school at Harrison Township School, Dassel High School, and Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.

He served in the US Navy during World War II, and was assigned to the USS Curtis in the South Pacific.

Don was united in marriage to Lorraine M. Peterson June 6, 1948, in Cokato.

He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato, where he served three terms on the church council.

Don was also a member of American Legion Post 209, and the Cokato Historical Society, where he served on the board of directors of the Cokato Museum.

He was employed by Johnson Brothers Construction Company as a bridge construction superintendent for 37 years before his retirement in 1987.

Don enjoyed fishing and hunting, gardening, traveling, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During retirement, he became an accomplished woodcarver.

Don is survived by his wife, Lorraine; daughter and husband Judith and Michael Hopp of Rockville, Md., daughter and husband, Janice and Paul Sponaugle of Canton, Ga.; son and wife, Daniel and Patricia Carlson of Eagan; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, June Borg of Cokato, and Lois Engel of Howard Lake; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by an infant sister, Lorraine; sister Marilyn; and brother Robert.

Funeral service was Friday, Aug. 15 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato, with the Rev. Steven Thorson officiating. Music was provided by Karen Anderson and Kimberly Danielson. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Visitation took place Thursday, Aug. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Casket bearers were David Borg, Dwayne Borg, Dean Carlson, Douglas Carlson, James Carlson, Thomas Carlson, Brian Engel, Joel Engel, Timothy Engel, and Todd Fredrickson.

Arrangements were by the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.