William A. Carlson passed away peacefully on March 17. 2022 in St. Luke's Hospital. He was born on August 9, 1926 in Pennock, MN and grew up in Willmar, MN. After graduating high school he joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Washburn in the Pacific Theater during the Second World War. After discharge from the Navy he returned to Willmar and went to work for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. Beginning as a lineman he worked his way up through various positions to the level of Project Engineer before retiring after 39 ½ years.
He met the love of his life, Peggy, in the fall of 1956. They were married on Sept. 7, 1957 and together raised 4 children. They were blessed with 60 years together until Peggy passed away on April 30, 2018.
He was active in many organizations throughout his life including Boy Scouts as a Scout Leader, Indian Guides with Dave, the PTA at Lester Park Elementary, Telephone Pioneers, American Legion Post 71 and the Telephone Employees Credit Union.
He became a Freemason in 1955 and served as Treasurer for many years.
He and Peggy joined First Lutheran Church in 1957, and he held many roles serving the congregation.
After retiring he installed Lifeline for 25 years.
He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid reader. He also had a passion for golf. He joined the Senior League at Lester Park Golf Course and was a team captain for many years. Until just the past few years he still walked 9 holes.
He was preceded in death by his wife Peggy, sisters Margaret and Doris, brothers Merrill and John, grandson Jason and great-grandson Oliver William.
He is survived by his children Mark (Jodi) Carlson, Tracie (Gregg) Steinman, Janelle (Ray) Buske and David (Susan) Carlson; grandchildren Amanda (Josh) Stockham, Julie (Evan) Jones, Kelsey (James) Toetschinger, Chloe Steinman (Luke Bigalk), Brianna (Tim) Dunstan and Ryan (Emily) Buske; great-grandchildren Paxton, Josephine, Declan, Scarlett, Audrey, Henry, Layla and Isabella "Daisy"; sister Joan Smothers and numerous other family and friends.
Visitation will be at Dougherty Funeral Home Monday, March 28 from 5 to 7pm. Visitation will continue at First Lutheran Church on Tuesday March 29 at 10am followed by the service at 11am.
Memorials preferred to First Lutheran Church or Animal Allies of Duluth. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home. 218-727-3555