Boyden "Bud" Carlson

Boyden “Bud” Donald Carlson of Fargo, ND and Lake Melissa, Detroit Lakes, MN died January 20, 2017 at Touchmark in Fargo. Boyden was born on August 11, 1920 to Henry and Lillian (Hawkinson) Carlson in St. Cloud, MN.  He was raised in Minneapolis, MN.  He married Shirlee Halverson at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis on May 9, 1942. Bud got his start in the trucking business with his father and then entered the Navy.  He served for seven years (1938-1945), seeing action in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres of operation as a Chief gunner’s Mate.  He owned and operated Carlson-Robbins Furniture in Fergus Falls, MN and relocated the business to Fargo, ND in 1952.  He retired in 1982. He was a life member of the Elks Lodge #260 in Fargo, ND, member and past president of Gateway Lions of Fargo and life member and past president of VFW Post 612 of Fergus Falls, MN. He is survived by two sons:  Gregory Carlson, Tempe, AZ, Bruce Carlson (Nola Matson), Marquette, MI; 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; close friend, Kathy Plantz; and daughter-in-law Carol Carlson, Fargo He is preceded in death by his parents, wife; son Donald Carlson; and sisters: Gloria White and Carole Smith. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minneapolis, MN at a later date. MEMORIAL SERVICE: 2:30 pm, Monday, January 23, 2017 with visitation 1 hour prior to services at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo.    

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  1. Dear Carol and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Bud was a long time friend and a lot of fun and enjoyed by all.
    We stopped in to see him in September and we’re so happy that we made contact then.
    Looking forward to seeing you at the lake this summer.

    Fondly, Sheila and J.R.

  2. Dear Carol, Dana,Brent, Gregg, Bruce and families. We share your sadness. We were long time neighbors and friends and thought of our “Uncle Bud” as family. We shared so much over the years and we actually even shared a dog!!!!! We are so happy that we visited him just before leaving for FL. Hugs to you all. Paul and Carole

  3. Dear Carlson Family; We remember Bud fondly as a good business man, fellow Gateway Lions’ Club member, and friend. We attended several Lion’s Club conventions as fellow members and always enjoyed his company.
    We send our sympathy and best wishes.

  4. Dear Carlson Family
    My thoughts as prayers are with you as you celebrate Bud’s life
    I remember Bud as a fellow Lion, although he was not as active when I joined as he had been. There are not many active Lions that will remember Bud, but his name is forever engraved on our plaque as a past president. Thanks for remembering the Gateway Lions.

  5. Greg and Bruce, sorry for your loss. I just found out today (1/27/17), or I would have come to the funeral. If you can let me know details about his internment later I can maybe make that.
    Mike Dullea

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