Adrian William “Bill” Carlen, age 77, of Cokato, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
He was born Sept. 14, 1940, in Hutchinson, the son of Norman H. and Lila E. (Hess) Carlen. Bill was baptized at his grandfather Victor Carlen’s place, and was confirmed at the North Crow Lutheran Church in rural Cokato.
Bill’s family resided in Cosmos for several years before they moved back to the Carlen homestead. Bill spent his youth helping on the family farm in Knapp doing the milking and field work.
He went to the Knapp Country School before attending the Cokato High School and graduated in 1958. He then furthered his education by attending the Minneapolis Business School.
Bill was united in marriage to Darlene “Bunny” Hartneck Aug. 26, 1961, at Knapp Church in rural Cokato. They have celebrated 56 years of marriage, and raised three children.
Bill and Bunny made their home in Cokato, where Bill was employed for 43 years at General Office Products in Minneapolis. He had also owned and operated Bill’s Upholstery. He took so much pride in every piece of furniture that he upholstered.
A member of the Cokato Jaycees, the Cokato Volunteer Fire Department, a bowling league, and Cokato Softball Club, Bill coached softball for several years and enjoyed basketball. He loved being a grandfather, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching their sporting events.
Bill loved all sports, he knew when any game was on and he had to be home whenever the game started. He especially enjoyed the Minnesota Twins.
He loved to go on cruises and travel with family, along with spending time up at Pam and Pat’s cabin, and quality time with his family by his side. He was close with his siblings, and enjoyed time together for holidays and the annual Carlen Bocce Ball Tournament.
Bill also enjoyed the times that Pastor Tim would come and visit and give him communion.
He is survived by his wife, Bunny Carlen of Cokato; daughters, Michelle (Craig) Heidenreich of Apple Valley, Connie (Jay) Lindquist of St. Michael, and Suzanne (Darin) Young of Dassel; and five grandchildren, Kyle Heidenreich, Michael Lindquist, Jennifer Lindquist, Blake Braunworth, and Dylan Braunworth.
Bill is also survived by his siblings, Harlund (Mary) Carlen of Dassel, Marcye (David) Johnson of Dassel, Shirley (Gary) Peterson, of Cokato, Dennis (Mary) Carlen of Woodbury, and James (Linda) Carlen of Buffalo; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Norman and Lila Carlen.
Bill’s funeral service took place Tuesday, April 3 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato, with the Rev. Tim Wheatley officiating. Interment was at the Lutheran Cemetery in Cokato.
There was visitation Monday, April 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel., continuing Tuesday at the church, one hour prior to the services.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.