Carl B. Carlson

Carl B. Carlson, 90, Ryder, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at a Garrison hospital. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m., in Calvary Presbyterian Church in Ryder. Burial will be at St. Matthew’s Cemetery Friday at 1 p.m., rural Max.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 24, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison.

Carl B. was born June 25, 1922, on the family farm at Douglas, to August and Bertha (Gustafson) Carlson. He was inducted into the Army on Nov. 18, 1942, at Fort Snelling, Minn. He trained at Camp Beale, Calif., before going overseas on Jan. 5, 1944. He served in the Pacific Theater with the 715th AMPH TRAC Battalion, and attained a Tec-5 rank. He was discharged at Fort Lewis, Wash., on Christmas Day, 1945. He farmed and worked for Boeing, building missile sites in North Dakota.

He married Lila Pede, of Max, in 1949. Lila died of cancer in 1971. They had four children, Deborah, Barbara, Sandra, and Bradley.

Carl married Ethel Wilhelm in 1975. She died in 2005. Ethel had four sons and numerous grandchildren. Carl drove bus for the Garrison School District during the years that his children were in school. He later drove milk truck for Iglehart Dairy for many years.

Carl lived on the farm his entire life. He had a very strong faith and prayed about everything and he also liked to sing. He loved gardening, especially growing large, red tomatoes and lots of cucumbers. He cherished time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family.

Carl was involved in many battles during his years in the service, including at Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa, Ryukyue, and the Southern Philippines. He earned a number of medals: the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, American and Asian-Pacific Theater Ribbon, and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star.

He was a member of the Hugh P. Minehan American Legion Post #49 in Garrison for more than 50 years. Carl was very fortunate to be part of the Honor Flight that went to Washington, D.C., in 2010.

Carl’s most memorable incident in the war was when they shot his tank out from under him in Saipan. He jumped in the ocean, filled his life jacket with air, when all of a sudden they blew his life jacket off with a machine gun. He spent four hours in the water before being rescued.

Carl is survived by: his children, Deborah Golly, Minot, Barbara Carlson, Minot, Sandra (Leonard) Hall, Auburn, Wash., and Bradley (Mary Lou) Carlson, Bluffton, Minn.; 7 grandchildren, Lila Golly, of Ohio, Lisa (David) Pond, Minot, N.D., Sean (Madeleine) Hall, Auburn, Wash., Bobbi Jo Hall, Oslo, Norway, Sarah Carlson, Fargo, N.D., Jessica Carlson, Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Adam Carlson, Fargo, N.D.; 3 great-grandchildren, Brodie and Kalynn Pond, Minot, and Stella Lou Carlson; Fargo; brother, Arnold Carlson, Garrison; sister-in-law, Iveas Carlson; Garrison; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lila, his second wife, Ethel; six sisters and brothers-in-law, Grace (Frank) Johnson, Helen (Art) Letzring, Ruth (Art) Johnson, Alma (Ervin) Conklin, Fern (John) Conklin, and Bernice (Gordon) Hacanson; one brother, August; son-in-law, Norval Golly; and sister-in-law, Ruth Carlson.

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