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Gordon Carlson, 93, of Finley, ND, passed away on December 31, 2018, at Mayville
Medical Center, Mayville, ND.
Gordon was born on the family farm in Steele County on May 31,1925 to Ener and Laura
(Peterson) Carlson. He was Baptized in the Sheyenne Valley country church on June 26, 1925
and Confirmed May 26, 1940. He married Edna (Arndt) Carlson, November 7, 1948 and raised
three children on the farm until 1988 at which point he built a house and moved to Finley.
Gordon and Edna loved traveling in their camper to places such as Alaska, Mexico, Arizona,
Canada etc. They enjoyed playing cards, fishing, as well as dancing at the Eagles Club and
anywhere else they could find dances happening.
Gordon was renowned for restoring Ford Model A’s, T’s, tractors and anything else he could
get his hands on! Gordon and Edna did a lot of touring with friends and were well known for
taking part in most parades, which Gordon continued through the years after Edna’s passing.
Gordon was interested in everything, including airplanes, vehicles, music, hunting, and fishing,
but most of all, he loved being a farmer. He was a member, and served on several boards,
including the Township Board, Farm Bureau, Elevator Board, and Eagles Club.
Gordon is survived by one son, Arlan Carlson of MO and one daughter, Marlene Olson
(Carlson) along with spouse, David Olson of PA; a sister, Irene Cunningham (Carlson) WA;
seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Gordon was lucky enough after the passing of his wife to find a companion who could share in
his love of dancing, cards, and socializing. She brought him love and companionship in his
later years. Thank you, Loretta.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, five sisters; and one daughter,
e also lost and left behind many wonderful friends that he made over a long and happy
lifetime. We will all miss his zest for life and socializing wherever he went. He was a well loved
fixture driving around the area in his Model A.
A Celebration of his life is planned for Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at 11:00 am in Sheyenne Valley
Lutheran Church, Finley, ND with a luncheon following.
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