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Harlan O. Carlson, Sr

Harlan O. Carlson, Sr., age 86, of Austin, formerly of Blooming Prairie, died at Austin Medical Center late Friday evening, Nov. 7, 2008.

He was born March 29, 1922, to Adry and Esther (Nordstrom) Carlson, in Watertown, where he grew up and graduated from high school.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, Harlan worked as a boiler man at the Blooming Prairie Creamery. Later, he was employed by AMPI.

He married Marilyn Riffe May 15, 1947, in Watertown.

Harlan and Marilyn moved to Austin in 1978. A boilerman at St. Olaf Hospital, Harlan retired in April of 1987.

Harlan enjoyed traveling and tinkering on small engines and appliances.

Survivors include two sons, Russell Carlson (unknown residence) and Harlan O. Carlson, Jr. of Austin; a daughter, Carolyn Lopez of Annapolis, MD; two grandchildren, Taylor (Mark) Bliese and Christian Carlson of Austin; a great-granddaughter, Claire Bliese; his sister, Ardelle Carlson of Waconia, brother-in-law Leonard Anderson of Hibbing, sister-in-law Faye Carlson of Waconia; brother-in-law John (Deanne) Riffe of Paynesville; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marilyn; a stillborn son; a son-in-law, Michael Lopez; a brother, Cy Carlson; and a sister, Joyce.

Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, with Pastor Heidi Heimgartner officiating. Interment was at First Lutheran Cemetery, Blooming Prairie with military rites by American Legion Post 52.

Visitation took place Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin.

Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church, BP.

Worlein – Blooming Prairie Funeral Home in Blooming Prairie handled the arrangements.