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Boyd A. Carlson, 65

Boyd Arthur Carlson, age 65, of Hutchinson, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at his home.

He was born April 12, 1945, in Minneapolis, the second son of Philip Carlson and Alma (Gilbertson) Carlson. Boyd grew up in Howard Lake, enjoying many hours helping at his dad’s variety store.

He graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1963, and later completed college and graduate school at the University of Minnesota.

Boyd married Marilyn Montgomery Aug. 24, 1968, in their home church, First Presbyterian Church, Howard Lake. Their marriage was blessed with two sons and one daughter.

They resided briefly in Saint Paul and Blaine, but lived most of their married life in Hutchinson, where Boyd was an administrator at Ridgewater College for 26 years.

Later in life, Boyd pursued his love for inventing, music, and writing, and even started a small toy company (Fidgets) with his son.

Boyd was an avid outdoorsman his whole life. He loved fishing and hunting, and also enjoyed a variety of sports.

His greatest loves, however, were God and his family, and the way he lived showed that. A loving husband, a devoted father, and a wonderful grandfather, Boyd lived a life of integrity, faithfulness, and thoughtfulness for others. He was deeply loved and will be deeply missed.

Boyd is survived by his wife, Marilyn Carlson of Hutchinson; son Darren Carlson, of Luebeck, Germany; daughter Karen (Kari) Pankratz and her husband Dave, of Eden Prairie; son Brian Carlson and his wife Sonja, of Lakeville; grandchildren Benjamin, Samuel and Olivia Pankratz, and Quinn Carlson; a brother, Robert Carlson and his wife Kathleen, of Duluth; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Alma Carlson.

Memorial services took place Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. at Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake with Dr. Tom C. Rakow officiating. Pianists and soloists Joel Green and Bill Munson provided music for the service. Jan Lamberty and Linda Johnson sang a duet, “In The Garden.” Solos were “Be Still,” written by Boyd Carlson and Bill Munson, and “All Because,” written by Boyd Carlson and Joel Green. The reader, the Rev. Richard Winters read “Tears,” written by Boyd Carlson. Congregational hymns were “It Is Well With My Soul” and “In Christ Alone.” Interment was at the Howard Lake Community Cemetery.

Robert Carlson was the urn bearer. Honorary bearers were Darren Carlson, Karen (Kari) Pankratz, David Pankratz, Brian Carlson, and Sonja Carlson.

Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel of Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.