RICHARD E. CARLSON
Richard E. Carlson, age 91, of Faribault, died on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at St. Lucas Care Center, Faribault.
Funeral services will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. with the Reverend Tomm Byrtus officiating. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.
Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home on Friday, April 24th from 5 to 7 p.m. and also on Saturday for one hour prior to the service.
Richard Elwin Carlson was born on April 12, 1918 at Stromsburg, NE to James A. and Mary (Wengelin) Carlson. On October 3, 1952 he married Viola Huwe in Benson. She preceded him in death on October 11, 2003. The family moved to Faribault in 1955 where Richard was employed at the Faribault Regional Center from 1955 – 1982. He was blessed to be able to live in his own home until November of 2008, before going to St. Lucas Care Center. He was actively involved as a board member and treasurer at the Faribault Assembly of God. He was also a member of the Gideons.
He is survived by his daughter, Ruth (William) Otto of Fort Dodge, IA; two grandchildren, Jeff (Emily) Otto of Ames, IA and Wendy (Gabriel) Casciato of Huxley, IA; two great granddaughters, Grace and Abigail Casciato of Huxley, IA; one sister in law, Goldie (Ken) Olson of Wisconsin Rapids, IA; two brothers in law, Phillip Huwe of Newton, ND and Franklin (Evelyn) Huwe of Minot, ND; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Viola; and a brother, Vernon.
Ruth - Sorry I was out of the country at the time of Uncle Richard's home going. I have many fond memories of our families together, and now your parents and mine are enjoying Heaven together. Makes Heaven seem a little closer somehow. Love you and your family, LaVonne
My memories of Richard are as a faithful member of Faribault Assemblies of God Church. He and Viola, his wife, were real stalwarts in that fellowship. Viola was always involved with the Women's Ministries, and Richard was the Church Treasurer when I attended the church from 1968 to 1982. I watched their daughter, "Ruthie" grow from a little girl into a beautiful woman, wife, and mother. I still have contact with Ruth and Bill through e-mail. Richard and Viola were dear friends. I know they are happy to be together again for eternity!
Oh, so many memories of the raod we often shared, You would gather up Mrs, carlson and Ruthie (or maybe that was the other way around) and show up to see if I could go swimming. Sometimes it would be yes, and if I wasn't finshed with supper more than likely it would be no! You never quit trying though. Thank you. I know Ruthie would remember the time that I ate a bologna sandwich at your home (on a FRIDAY) it was so good and I nearly choked to death-you gave me a piece of ice to suck on and yes, I did live. Did I put to much in my mouth at one time or was it more about that instant "oh no, I don't eat meat on Friday!" Whichever way it went, it turned out okay. I lived, and have told that story many times. Then there were the Saturday mornings...She (Ruthie) was never up early like we were. You and Mrs. Carlson were oh so patient with us-try back in another hour maybe. Older and older we all got, married had children of our home and still we would be blessed enoough to see you. Come on in, you would say. Ruthie just left, but you come on in. Mrs. Carlson was the same way. I loved you both dearly. Your are and were like family to me. So many times we laughed and cryed together. Thank you and May the Lord bless you and shine upon your face, be gracious to you and give you His peace.NUMBERS6:22-24
Dear Ruth & Bill, Sorry I never had the privilege of meeting your Dad. I could tell how dearly you loved him and that he was held in high esteem by your family. I'm sorry I cannot attend the visitation or funeral, but I'll be with you in Spirit. Sending long-distance hugs, Pat
Ruth & Bill - Sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. May the happy memories with him stay in your hearts. May God Bless you all at this time. Jim & Trish
Ruth, May you be comforted in knowing that your Dad is safely in the arms of our Lord, and that he is reunited with your Mom. May God comfort you in your grief, and bless you with pleasant memories of your parents. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
dear ruth & bill & family, may our God of all comfort be with you these days, may you remember the good times and share the fun with with each other, we praise God at your dad and granddad is with JESUS, GOD be your strengthen each hour , your friends in Chirst love jan& bob jacob
Richard was a dear man with a sweet, gentle spirit. He will be greatly missed. He has a special place in my heart. Heaven's gain and our loss.