Carl Elroy Carlson, age 93, of Cokato, passed away Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at the Cokato Manor.
There will be a memorial service Friday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. at Albion Evangelical Free Church, rural Cokato. Interment will follow at Mt. Hermon Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation and lunch begin at 11 AM at the church.
Carl was born on the family farm in Cokato Township Aug. 22, 1925, to Frank and Alvina (Peterson) Carlson. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Annandale High School in 1943.
Following high school, he worked on the Ruge farm in Maple Lake.
Carl entered the United States Navy Aug. 19, 1943. He served as a radioman during World War II on ships stationed in the Philippines.
He married Norma Larson Feb. 24, 1951 at Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church. Their 68 years together were blessed with the birth of five children.
Carl farmed, but also had a variety of jobs including driving milk truck, feed salesman, factory worker at Minnesota Rubber, and in retirement, worked at Cub Foods.
He was a devout Christian, man of integrity, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Carl is survived by his wife, Norma; their children: Barbara (Richard) Barsness, Joan (Stephen) Schesvold, Steven (Jane) Carlson, Kathleen (Scott) Banta, and Janet (Jon) Saksa; grandchildren Betsey, Alessi, Amy (Jeff) Boyle, Sarah (Evan) Anderson, Mark (Amanda) Barsness, Elizabeth (Rob) Driftmeyer, Jenny Schesvold, Jordan Schesvold, Stephanie (Luther) Kemp, Elizabeth (Kalin) Kauppila, Andrew (Christine) Banta, Jacob (Rachel) Banta, Lucas (Lisa) Banta, Molly (Shaphan) Kirkpatrick, Heidi (Jacob) Nelson, Shelly (Caleb) Spitler, and Brian (Abi) Saksa; and 26 great-grandchildren.
He is further survived by his sister, Genevieve Larson; brother-in-law Donald Carlson; and sisters-in-law Joan (Beeb) Larson and LuAnn Larson.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Alvina Carlson; parents-in-law Emil and Edith Larson; siblings and spouses Andrew (Evelyn), Waldor (Millie), Lawrence (Billie; Florence), Richard, Ellsworth (Edna), and Verona (Bernie) Broman; siblings-in-law Lorraine Carlson, Gordon Larson, Philip Larson, and Daniel Larson; and grandson-in-law Mario Alessi.