Milton was born April 30, 1921 in Grasston, Minn. to John and Emma Carlson. The family lived in Grass Lake Township, where he attended school in Grasston and was baptized and confirmed at Hope Lutheran Church. As a young man he worked on his Grandma Winfield’s farm and the Russell Peterson Farm. Milton enlisted in the Army on March 17, 1943, but due to an accident and several months of hospitalization he was unable to finish his training. Milton was not a quitter and soon found work. He had several jobs over his lifetime: he worked for the railroad, Minneapolis Moline, concrete work at the Duluth Airport, road construction labor and work on HWY 210 in Brainerd, Minn., Munkberg Potato Company in Cambridge, and Dahlmans in Braham.
In 1953 he met the love of his life, Marion Swanson, at the Café in Pillager, Minn., where she worked and where he ate lunch every day. On Sept. 10, 1955 they were married in Pillager, Minn. They made their home in Grasston, Minn. where seven children were born.
Milton’s hobbies were fishing, hunting, fishing, trapping, ice fishing, watching wrestling on TV and fishing. He truly enjoyed his special time with his fishing buddies Dalton and Marshall. Milton and Marion enjoyed going to the Pine City Flea Market and going to garage sales.
Milton enjoyed sitting on the front deck, listening to the radio and watching the cars and trains go by. There were always lots of honks and waves. He was always ready and willing to help where he could. He will truly be missed by all that knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters and grandson.
He will be greatly missed by his wife Marion of 57 years, children Mary (Mike), Milo (Sis), Marlin (Barb), Myla (Michael), Marie (Doug), Marlys (James), Milton Jr. (Tish), 16 Grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren (soon to be 15), many nieces and nephews and his faithful companion Midge.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013 at Hope Lutheran Church in Grasston with Rev. James Sodergren officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Music will be provided by Marie Grundberg. Casket Bearers are Milton’s grandsons: Jerry LaFrenz, Brandon Handy, Cody Carlson, Dalton Nelson, Terry Nieman, Karl Handy, Jade Carlson, and Marshall Sward. Honorary Casket Bearers are Marvin Swanson, Ronald Swanson, Jerry Norby, Raymond Pearson, Rick Victor, Les Nelson, and Jerry Backlund. Interment will be at the Grasston Union Cemetery. Arrangements by Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home.