Donald "Don" W. Carlson, age 76, of Alexandria, died Thursday, February 4, 2016, at his home, with his wife by his side, under the care of Knute Nelson Hospice.
Memorial services are 3 p.m., Saturday, February 20, 2016, at New Life Christian Church in Alexandria with Pastor Jeremy Schneider officiating. Music is provided by pianist, Sue Ronning and vocalist, Chaplain Michael Peterson. Military honors accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard, Alexandria American Legion Post #87, Alexandria VFW Post #936, and VVA Rifle Squad Chapter #235.
Visitation is two hours prior to the service at the church.
Donald Wayne Carlson was born on June 28, 1939, to Arthur and Gladys (Mahn) Carlson in Alta, Iowa. He was baptized March 10, 1940, in Alta, Iowa and confirmed August 1, 1954, at Salem Lutheran Church in Osakis. Don graduated from Osakis High School in 1956. Following his education he worked in construction for Art Vangstad in Osakis and Graco Inc., in Minneapolis for a few years. Don served in the United State Army as a Specialist E4, until his honorable discharge. He was united in marriage to Marilyn Zabel on July 9, 1966, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plainview, Minnesota. Following their marriage he worked for Aljon Tool, Inc. in the Twin Cities for 36 years until his retirement in 2001. He and his wife, Marilyn moved to Alexandria in 2011. He was a member of New Life Christian Church in Alexandria and the Coon Rapids Archers. Don enjoyed archery, hunting, fishing, woodworking and cribbage.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Arlon Carlson.
Don is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marilyn; daughter, Nancy Carlson of Anoka; son, Scott (Jody) Carlson of Dover, Pennsylvania; son-in-law, Paul MacCready of Overland Park, Kansas; sister, Myrtle Ramert of Fulda; four grandchildren, Katie, Felicia, Hunter, and Wyatt; great-grandson, Colten; and nieces and nephews.
Urnbearers are his grandchildren.
The family prefers memorials to Knute Nelson Hospice, Pinehaven Christian Assembly or the Salvation Army of Douglas County.