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Russell F. Carlson Dec. 9, 1927 - April 1, 2009

LITCHFIELD -- Russell Franklin Carlson, 81, of Litchfield, died Wednesday at his home.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Burial will be in Lake Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and for one hour prior to the services at the church. Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church and Litchfield Area Hospice. Arrangements are by the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield

He was born Dec. 9, 1927 in Swede Grove Township, Meeker County, to Gothfred and Nellie (Paulson) Carlson. He grew up in Grove City and graduated from Grove City High School in 1944.

He married Emily Stern on Aug. 19, 1950 in Jeffers. They lived in Litchfield and he worked as an auto salesman for Minor Motors. In 1956, they moved to Willmar where he continued to sell vehicles, for Amundson-Evans. They returned to Litchfield in 1960. He continued selling vehicles for the Fenton family until his retirement in 1991.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife; children: Wayne (and Linda) Carlson of Litchfield, Greg (and Dorene) Carlson of Zimmerman, John (and Jo) Carlson of Litchfield and Dan Carlson of Plymouth; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother: Jim Carlson of Harrisburg, Ill.