Richard Lowell Carlson, age 70, died on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City, Mont. Funeral services were held Feb. 24, 2015, at First Lutheran Church in Miles City. Interment, with full military honors provided by VFW Post #1579 was in the Miles City Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery.
He was born Nov. 21, 1944, in Alexandria, Va., the son of Cleo S. and Irena O. (Holmquist) Carlson. He grew up on the family farm near Truman, Minn., graduated from Truman High School in 1963, and worked at 3M in Fairmont, Minn., before enlisting in the U.S. Army on March 30, 1966.
During his military service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Parachute Badge and was a proud recipient of a Purple Heart. He truly was a war hero. After his three years of proud service and honorable discharge on March 28, 1969, he returned to 3M in Fairmont.
He then attended the Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Training Academy and upon graduation served more than 10 years in the Minneapolis/St.Paul district and southwestern Minn. district. Later he farmed and lived near Windom, Ivanhoe, and Canby, Minn., then owned and operated his own trucking company for a number of years. He transported primarily grain products throughout the Upper Midwest and in 2007 he retired from his trucking business and bought a home and land in rural Miles City. In February of 2009, he met Andrea DeCosta and they married on June 6, 2009, at their rural Miles City home. They loved living at their country home together, surrounded by wildlife and nature.
In 2012, Richard was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and in 2014, for health reasons, they moved into Miles City. Richard loved his family and was very proud of his children, including son Garth’s military service. Richard loved his church and church family, was truly a kindred spirit to many, and will be missed by all who knew him.
Richard was preceded in death by his adoptive parents Cleo and Irena; and by his grandson, Aaron Mangen.
He is survived by his wife, Andrea; his son, Garth A. Carlson of Truman; his daughters, Heather M. (Jason) Mangen of Sleepy Eye, Minn., Miranda R. (Mo) Sarmiento of Tulsa, Okla.: a brother, Douglas M. (Mary) Carlson of Eau Claire, Wis., and his six grandchildren.
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