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Robert Walter Carlson

Robert Walter Carlson, 85, of Akeley died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church in Akeley, with the Rev. Paul Knutson officiating and with Ken Hager as organist. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis on Thursday under the direction of Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home's chapel and an hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. A lunch reception will be held at the church following the services.

His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Mr. Carlson was born June 20, 1923, at Minneapolis, the son of Walter H. and Karin M. (Danelius) Carlson. He grew up and attended Minneapolis schools and graduated from Roosevelt High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the South Pacific from 1943-46.

He married Phyllis May Hansen on May 25, 1946, at Minneapolis. They lived in Maple Plain for 14 years where he worked as a postal carrier. In 1968 they moved to Akeley where he continued to work as a postal carrier until he retired in 1978. He was a member of the First Luther Church in Akeley.

He enjoyed fishing, bowling, hunting, ham radio, golf and fast-pitch softball. He coached youth baseball for 15 years. He also taught ham radio classes at Camp Courage.

He is survived by his wife of Akeley; his four sons, Robert Jr. (Mary) Carlson of Blaine, Gregory (Linda) Carlson of Bemidji, David (DeAnn) Carlson of Altamonte Springs, Fla., John (Ann) Carlson of Bemidji; his daughter, Suzanne (Bradley) Benson of Eden Prairie; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard (Arlene) Carlson of Edina; a sister, Elaine (William) Bennett of Breckenridge; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.