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Roy E. Carlson, 88

Roy Ernest Carlson, age 88, of Dassel, died Monday, May 17, 2010, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.

He was born Jan. 27, 1922, at home in rural Dassel, the son of Richard and Esther (Nelson) Carlson. Roy grew up on the family farm, helping with the chores and attending district country school before graduating from the Dassel High School in 1940.

He was baptized and confirmed at the First Lutheran Church in Dassel, where he was presently a member.

Roy was united in marriage to Hildur Johnson April 17, 1946, at the Swan Lake Lutheran Church in rural Dassel. They made their home in the Dassel area.

Roy farmed from 1946 until 1956. He then left farming and started to work at the Farmers Co-op in Dassel until 1959.

From 1960 until 1980, Roy sold insurance for the Farmers Insurance Group. In 1980, he became a full-time rural postal delivery carrier and delivered mail until he retired in 1987.

A soft-spoken man who loved his family and friends, Roy taught Sunday school and was the Sunday school superintendant for many years at the Swan Lake Lutheran Church.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren, reading, fishing, and taking care of his garden. He will be deeply missed by his family and his friends.

Roy is survived by his wife, Hildur Carlson of Dassel; son Eric (Dena) Carlson of Litchfield; daughter-in-law Mary Carlson of Minneapolis; and three grandchildren, Lars (Sarah) Carlson, Jon Carlson, and Kate Carlson.

He was preceded in death by his son, Paul, in 1997; his parents; a brother, Harold; and two sisters, Verna Anderson and Lenore Olson.

A funeral service took place Friday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Steven Olson officiating. The organist was Florine Osness, and soloist Sheldon Hedin sang “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Congregational hymns were “Blest Be The Tie That Binds,” “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” and “Beautiful Savior.” Interment was at the Swan Lake Cemetery in rural Dassel.

Visitation was Thursday, May 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Casket bearers were Jon Carlson, Lars Carlson, David Floren, Jeff Johnson, Ralph Pearson, and Vernon Pearson.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.