April 11, 2011
Harry Carlson, 86, of Winner, SD, died Saturday, March 12, 2011, at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner, SD.
Harry was born June 30, 1924 to Harry and Frances (Winchell) Carlson, joining sisters Lorece and Marjorie on the ranch his father homesteaded in 1909. As a youngster on the ranch he enjoyed riding horseback and helping drive cattle to Winner that his father had purchased at various places for shipment to Omaha. He loved to fish, hunt, bowl, play baseball and was a multi-sport athlete in high school. In January 1944, he joined the Marines, went to Camp Pendleton, CA, for boot camp, then served in the Pacific Theatre. He was wounded on Okinawa and received the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in San Diego in 1946.
Returning to the ranch, he married Ruby Johnson of Hamill, SD, on Jan. 1, 1948 at the Old Methodist Church in Winner. They were married 63 years and lived on the home place where they raised their four children. In 2000, they moved to Winner. Harry served on the Progressive school board that he had attended as a child and that his children would later attend. He belonged to the Rosebud Hereford Association, VFW, American Legion, NRA and DAV. He was a lifelong member of the Millboro UCC Congregational Church and served in all capacities. He was an ardent Green Bay Packers fan.
Surviving are his wife Ruby of Winner, SD; son Russell (Deborah), Owatonna, MN and their children Jason (Rachel) and great-granddaughter Sydney, Cedar Rapids, IA and Lindsey (Travis) Wieck, Allen, TX, son Brad (Vicki) living on the ranch and their children Bridget, Rapid City, SD, and Clint, Winner, SD, daughter Crystal Walton (Russ), Rapid City, SD and their children Jesse, Wright, WY, Chelsea, Rapid City, SD and Cassidy (Shelby), Rapid City, SD, and daughter Robin Millin (Vern) and son Dallas, Wright, WY, and brother-in-law Bud Johnson, Hamill, SD, and sister-in-law Alice Schuette, Newcastle, WY, and nieces Judy Janak and Jean (Dennis) Kelley, Winner, SD, and nephews Doug (Linda) Addington, San Antonio, TX and Brent (Beth) Rahn, Columbia, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Lorece and Marjorie, brothers-in-law Redman Albaugh, Jack Rahn, Charlie Schuette, and Gerald Addington, his niece Janet Rahn Hansen and Dick Janak.
Harry embodied the lifestyle and values of the Greatest Generation. He went to war when necessary to help save the world, came home and without fanfare proceeded to help make America into the great country it is today. He will be terribly missed.
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Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 16, at the United Methodist Church in Winner. Burial will be in the Winner Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Millboro UCC Congregational Church, Tripp County Veteran’s Courthouse Memorial or the SD Honor Flight.