Duane Carlson, 80

obit-Carlso,-Duane-Photo-SquareDuane Carlson, a resident of Upsala, passed away peacefully, May 18, 2013, surrounded by his family at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls after a sudden and unexpected illness.

A Mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Duane Roy Carlson, age 80 of Upsala will be 1PM, Thursday, May 23rd 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Upsala. Father John Odero will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery following the service.

Duane died peacefully surrounded by his family early Saturday morning at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls after a sudden and unexpected illness. There will be a gathering prior to the mass from 11AM-1PM Thursday morning at the church. Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home of Upsala.

Duane was born June 1, 1932, in Holdingford to Roy and Mary (Marcinko) Carlson. The family later moved to a farm north of Upsala where Duane worked and lived the rest of his life. He married Judy Kramer Aug. 21, 1965, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Long Prairie. The couple lived on the family farm until recently moving into Upsala in 2012. Duane always had a passion for his time he got to spend working on the farm, however his greatest love in life was the time he got to spend with his family and grandchildren. He was a past member of the Farmers Union, the Upsala Historical Society and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Duane is survived by his loving wife, Judy Kramer of Upsala; his children, Robert “Bob” (Elaine) Carlson of Farmington, Lorelei (Mike Arndt) Carlson of Hudson, Wis., Ron (Denise Gerads) Carlson of Upsala, Jeremy Carlson of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Mike (Tamara) Carlson of Upsala; his grandchildren, Justin, Tyler, Paige, Brittany, Abigail, Landon, Jordan, Keyona; and his sister, Geraldine (Kenneth) Roemhildt of Waseca.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Mary Carlson; and his brother, Virgil Ronald Carlson.