Gerald A. Carlson
Gerald Carlson of New Hope, MN, formerly of Willmar, passed away on June 21, 2019 at the age of 91. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 28, 11am at the Church of the Nazarene in Willmar, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.
Jerry was born in the Willmar area on Dec. 4, 1927 to Frank and Lottie Carlson. He joined the US Navy in Nov 1945 and served as a Radar Operator. He returned to Willmar and married the love of his life, Ruth Engwall. They were wonderful parents to 3 boys and 2 girls.
Jerry worked for the Burlington Northern railroad as a brakeman and conductor for 37 years. He was a Gideon for many years, speaking at the Willmar jail almost every Sunday. After retirement, Jerry loved to golf, bowl and spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a true handyman, remodeling their home and building many pieces of furniture. His favorite foods were popcorn and candy.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Ruth, daughters Linda John (Steve) and Nancy DeAngelo (John), daughter-in-law Annette Tiffany (Clyde), sons Steve (MaryAlice) and LeRoy (Carol), 17 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren . He is preceded in death by his son, Dale, his parents and all of his siblings.