Kenneth Carlson was born Oct. 20, 1935 in Amery, Wis. to Axel and Ingrid (Sandberg) Carlson. He attended elementary school in Volga and high school in Amery, graduating in the Class of 1954.
On Dec. 15, 1956, Ken married Bonnielu Mattson at Elim Baptist Church in Isanti and made their first home in Amery, Wis. In 1957, Ken and Bonnielu moved to Isanti where he had continued to reside. Ken was first employed by Westman Silo Company in Lindstrom, later working as a plumber for Wick Hardware Store, located in Isanti. Ken would then go on to be employed as a carpenter for Paul Mattson & Sons of Isanti, followed by a position at Wyatt Ready Mix in Spring Lake Park. Ken decided to strike out on his own in the early 60s and started Ken Carlson’s Disposal, which he later expanded by offering roll-off dumpsters as well. In the mid 90s, Ken sold the rubbish removal business, but continued the day-to-day operation of Ken Carlson’s Roll-Off Service. Ken was active in the community and served as the Treasurer of the Isanti Volunteer Fire Department in the past. His hobbies included street rods, motorcycles and collecting vintage tire ashtrays. He will be deeply missed by his family and a host of friends.
Besides his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnielu; 4 sisters and 2 brothers. He is survived by 4 children; Barbara (Allen) Butcher of Isanti, Paulette (Larry) Gehrke of Isanti, Julie (Doug) Hines of Isanti, Timothy (Serena) Carlson of San Jose, California; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; Phil Simon of Cambridge; and by many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held March 16, 2013 at Elim Baptist Church in Isanti with Rev. Roger Olsen officiating. The soloist was Gail Genin and Marlene Hartzell served as pianist. Interment will be later in the Isanti Union Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.