Norris Carlson dies

Norris Carlson

Norris Carlson

Norris J. Carlson, 86, formerly of Mobridge, died March 10, 2014, in Fargo, N.D.
Funeral services will be held at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Bismarck, N.D., on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Donna Dohrmann officiating.
Viewing will begin that day at the church at 1 p.m.
Norris will be buried at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 17, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Born June 20, 1927, he grew up on a farm near Mound City. Norris was a veteran stationed in Guam during World War II.
He married Jennie V. Hanson on Sept. 23, 1950, and they had two children, David and Darlys.
Norris graduated from Northern State Teachers College with a bachelor of science degree in business and history. He taught off and on while finishing his degree and began work at Montana Dakota Utilities (MDU) Company in 1952. He became manager of the gas leasing department in 1985 and retired in June of 1989. He worked at MDU Resources for a total of 37 years.
Faith was very important to Norris. He held many positions over the years in the Lutheran Church. He taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir. He was a student and teacher of the Bethel Bible Series. As Superintendent of the Sunday School, he was beloved by the Sunday school boys, who would gather Sunday mornings looking for Mr. Carlson. Norris read the Bible in its entirety each year until his death. He loved history and reading and blessed his family with the gift of writing his autobiography not long after he retired.
Norris and his wife Jennie traveled throughout the United States. Each year their family gathered at their timeshare in Detroit Lakes, Minn., for their wedding anniversary. Each winter, they spent time in Palm Springs, Calif., an opportunity to see friends, family, and the nearby sights.
Norris is survived by his wife, Jennie; his son, David (Linda) L. Carlson; his daughter Darlys (Marvin) Carlson McDonald; grandchildren, Shanna Carlson (Osvaldo), Elisa (Yoran) Carlson Marchione Andresa Carlson, Nathan (Candyce) McDonald, Christopher McDonald, and brother Clarence Carlson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Pauline Carlson; brothers, Olger Carlson, Martin Carlson and Kenneth Carlson; and granddaughter Melissa Carlson.
The family asks that memorials be given to Church of the Cross building fund.
Go to to share memories of Norris and sign the online guestbook.

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