RONALD CARLSON

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARonald Carlson, of Sauk Centre, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 1, 2014.  He was 79 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 23, 2014 at the First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre (304 Elm Street So, Sauk Centre, MN 56378)  with Pastor Rebecca Thomas officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

PRIVATE INURNMENT will be held at the Kandota Cemetery.

Ronald S. “Zig” Carlson, of Sauk Centre, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 1, 2014.  He was 79 years old.

Ronald was born on February 7, 1935 to parents John Emil and Sigrid Carlson in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.   He grew up on the family farm near Bovey, graduating from Greenway High School in Coleraine in 1953. He served as a medic in the Army from 1958-1960, based out of McNair Barracks in Berlin, West Germany. Ron worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for 37 years, retiring as a Central Office Tech from what became US West in 1993. While working for the phone company he met Margaret Rasmussen, who he married on November 18, 1961. In addition to Marge, his three children survive him: Cindy Carlson (Lane Phillips), Brian Mitchell Carlson, and Scott Carlson. Zig is also survived by his brother Heinz Carlson; sister Hazel Hanson (Kenneth); many other relatives and friends.

After retirement Zig and Marge spent the next 21 years traveling and wintering in Arizona.  Zig was an active member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, especially the Family Campers group. He also served as a union steward for Communications Workers of America local 7212 of St. Cloud, on the governing board of Knute Nelson Nursing home of Alexandria, and as the Kandota Township clerk in Todd County for 18 years. Zig’s pride in his work at the phone company and service to his community and country, along with a love of vintage farm tractors, was reflected in his involvement in First Lutheran Church, VFW, Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association, IH Collectors, Upper Midwest Allis-Chalmers Club, and the Sauk Valley Two-Cylinder Club. 

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 23, 2014 at First Lutheran Church of Sauk Centre, MN with Pastor Rebecca Thomas officiating.  A memorial visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.  Music will be provided by Diane Knudson, Karen Radford, and Mike Regouski. Military Honors will be provided by the United Veteran’s Honor Guard of Sauk Centre.  A private burial will be held at the Kandota Cemetery.

10 guestbook entries for RONALD CARLSON

  1. Joan G Cooney May 5, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    my thoughts and prayers are with the family, RIP IN PEACE! JGC

  2. Phil Skinner May 5, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    We met Mr. Carlson on just a couple of occasions. His character, wisdom, intelligence and moral character must have been strong and good as evidenced in his son Brian, who inherited these same qualities. May he rest in peace knowing that those in the world around him are better today because of him.

  3. Lewis & Karin Goodwin May 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    We loved you and will miss you: May God look after you and your’s.

  4. Dallas & Lorna Leier May 8, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    Marge and Family our prayers and thoughts are with you. Many, many good memories of the two of you at the Pioneer camp outs. Also working with Zig at the phone company.

  5. Bob & Marie Dittmeier May 11, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Dear Marge and Family
    Our prayers are with you
    Zig was a good buddy and he will be missed.
    We didn’t see each other as much as we would have liked.
    He will be in my memory forever.
    May God console you in this time of sadness,
    Bob

  6. Don Stanley May 11, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

    Ronald (Zig) was a long time member of the Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association and will be missed by his Berlin Brothers. My he rest in peace. Our condolences to his wife and family.

  7. Ed May 12, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    From former Berlin veteran to another Berlin veteran. Rest in peace.

  8. Scott and Gail Malinosky May 21, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Dear Marge and family,

    We were so sad to hear the news of Zig’s passing. We hope that wonderful memories of all the adventures you had together will soon fill your hearts and wash away the sadness. We’re sorry we can’t be with you in person to celebrate Zig’s life, but our hearts and thoughts will be turned your way.

    Love,
    Scott and Gail

  9. Guy Bäck May 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Dear Marge and family,

    We are so sad to hear about Zig, but still we are happy that we got to know him, and that he had the chanse to visit his mothers birthhome, were we live today and that we could visit you and see his great collection of thelepones, tractors, and to sit in Fridis chair! May he rest in peace.
    Guy and Kristin, Bäckas, Kronoby, Finland

  10. Kim (Meier) Hanauska July 14, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Marge & Family, I just found out about this today (7/14/14) and am so very sorry to hear of Zig’s passing! You were always such wonderful neighbors, my prayers go out to you all. Kim

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