Arnold Richard Carlson was born Aug. 11, 1930 to Richard and Helen (Salin) Carlson in Clara City, Minn. The family later moved to Amboy, Minn. where Arny grew up. He graduated from Amboy High School. After graduation he enlisted in the Air Force and spent four years in Germany. When he returned home he did carpenter work until he got a job with Interstate Power Company. He worked for several power companies until he retired in 1995.
On Nov. 26, 1954 Arny married Norma Gustafson in North Branch, Minn. They had three children Gregg, Joyce and Janet. After retiring they moved to Cambridge and also enjoyed several years of spending time in Arizona and Texas.
He is survived by his wife Norma, son Gregg and wife Vicki Carlson of St. Joseph, daughter Joyce Carlson and husband Michael Moeschter of Forest Lake, daughter Janet Carlson of Twenty Nine Palms, Calif., three grandsons David Carlson of St. Joseph, Steven Carlson of Minneapolis, Daniel Carlson of Washington, D.C., sister Phyllis Graf of Minneapolis, as well as nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Arny was preceded in death by his parents, sister Lois and step brother Lloyd Sorgatz, and half-brother Wayne Sorgatz.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Cambridge Lutheran Church with Rev. David Everett officiating. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Jon Ekstrom, accompanied by Elaine Johnson will sing “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry,” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Honorary pallbearers will be David, Steven and Daniel Carlson and Michael Moeschter. Interment will be at a later date at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in North Branch. Arrangements are with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.