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Alton L. Carlson

Alton L. Carlson

February 8, 1927 - March 6, 2017

Alton L. Carlson, 90, of Willmar, died Monday, March 6th at Bethesda Grand in Willmar. His funeral will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, March 9th at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar with burial in Clover Leaf Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

Alton was born on February 8, 1927, in Elizabeth Township (rural Lake Lillian, Minnesota), the son of August and Hannah (Hanson) Carlson. He attended country school in District 43 and then rode the bus to Atwater, graduating from high school in 1944. Following high school, Alton enlisted into the United States Navy, where he attended Great Lakes Naval Training Station for boot camp. Upon his completion of boot camp, he was transferred to US Naval Amphibious Base in Norfolk, VA, working in the supply depot. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Store Keeper 3rd Class.

He returned to Minnesota and, with his brother Orville, operated a gas and service station in Willmar. After four years, the station was sold and Alton moved to Grass Valley, CA, where he worked for a gold mining company for about 1 years. He then returned to Willmar and began his career with Willmar Gas Company, later known as Minnegasco and CenterPoint Energy.

On June 22, 1963, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Hagen at Calvary Lutheran Church. Alton and Elizabeth welcomed their child, Mary Kay, in 1964. They lived in Willmar and Alton continued to work for Willmar Gas Company until his retirement in 1986 after 35 years.

He was baptized and confirmed at Tromso Lutheran Church of rural Lake Lillian, and was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church. Alton was a faithful, devoted, and regular attendee of Calvary where he was part of Men's Bible Study.

In his younger years, Alton enjoyed most sports and enjoyed watching the MN Twins. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, even to the point of having his honeymoon with Elizabeth include fishing in Canada.

Surviving are his only child, daughter Mary Kay (and Matt) Rose of Eden Prairie; brother-in-law, Wayne Madsen of Atwater; sister, Clarice (and Paul) Nasby of Jackson and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Elizabeth on November 26, 2010, and siblings Earl, Newell, Orville, Alice Riedel and Phyllis Madsen.

Alton's family wishes to thank the staff at Bethesda and Rice Hospice for their diligent care for Alton during his final years.