William Darrell Carlson, age 86, passed away Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
A celebration of life will take place Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. at the South Haven Town Hall.
Private interment will take place in the spring at the Hector City Cemetery in Hector, MN.
Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to the www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.
William was born Sept. 2, 1931, in Pocahontas, IA, to Harry and Hattie (Harriet Lambertson) Carlson, the sixth of 12 children.
In 1941 the Carlsons moved to Hector, MN, where Bill helped on the family farm and attended high school, graduating in 1950. He was active in FFA, sports, band, and developing his lifelong love of music.
Bill married Lois Lindekugel in 1952, and they were blessed with eight children. They lived in several Minnesota communities until Bill’s retirement, when they settled south of Annandale.
Bill was employed as a machinist and welder. He was known as a hard worker, who took pride in what he built.
His hobbies included wood working, gardening, and genealogy.
Bill also enjoyed western movies and was a John Wayne fan. His interest in music included classical, big band marches, ballads, and in later years, he was especially fond of Celtic music, which seemed comforting to him as he struggled with Alzheimer’s and complications after his stroke.
Bill will be remembered for being a loving husband, father, and grandfather; and having a “green thumb.” He had a delightful and dry sense of humor.
William is survived by his wife, Lois; his children: Sonja Carlson of St. Paul, Joyce Miceli of Annandale, Rebecca (Lee) Titrud of Cokato, Laurie (Larry) Smith of Howard Lake, Melodee Pineiro of Bedford, TX, Craig Carlson of Hutchinson, Richard (Amy) Carlson of Dassel, and Paul Carlson of Spicer; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four siblings: Ila Mae Weis, Carol Dill, Darwin Carlson, and Darlene Gentry; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings Arvin, Delpha, Glen, Dale, Verne, Doris, and Dorathy.