Ronald 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.