Bob Carlson, Sioux FallsRobert Clayton “Bob” Carlson, 84, Sioux Falls, formerly of Watertown, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at Avera McKennan Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls.
Robert Clayton “Bob” Carlson, 84, Sioux Falls, formerly of Watertown, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at Avera McKennan Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Watertown, with the Rev. Tom Christenson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Watertown, with military honors by Codington County American Legion Post 17, Watertown. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Wight, Comes and Sogn Funeral Chapel, Watertown.
He was born on Nov. 24, 1925, in Minneapolis to Robert R. and Ella M. (Kittelson) Carlson.
He attended school in Minneapolis and graduated from Edison High School in January 1944.
He entered the U.S. Air Force and serviced in the European Theater, 8th Air Force, as a staff sergeant.
He was a gunner on a B-24 and received the European Theater Ribbon, two Battle Stars, Good Conduct, Air Medal, Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon and Presidential Unit Citation.
He attended Augsburg College and graduated in 1950 with a bachelor of arts degree.
On Sept. 1, 1951, he married Merva Nadine Brandt at Trimont, Minn.
They moved to Watertown, where he worked at Folgers Coffee Company for five years.
He worked from National Reserve Life Insurance Company from 1954 until 1972.
He worked at Quadee Rubber Company for seven years before retiring.
He was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown and held offices on the board of trustees and the board of deacons and as congregational president in 1984.
He was a member of Stephen Ministry program and sang in the senior choirs for years.
He also developed and led a senior exercise program at Grace Lutheran Church for 12 years.
He was currently a member of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer.
He was a member of Glacial Lakes Harmonizers.
In 2008, the couple moved to Prairie Creek Retirement Community, Sioux Falls.
He is survived by his daughters: Debra Frederick and husband Doug, Sioux Falls; and Anita Ahrendt and husband Randy, Sioux Falls, formerly of Mitchell; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister, Iva Bonasera and husband Bob, New London, Minn.; and a brother, Dick and wife Lee, Fridley, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.
Memorials may be designated to Avera McKennan Dougherty Hospice House, Honor Flight, Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer or Augustana College.