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Obituary: Caesar Carlson

Caesar E. Carlson, age 101 of Westbrook passed away on Monday, August 25, 2008 at his home under Compassionate Care Hospice.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Visitation was 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Westbrook Funeral Home with a 6:30 prayer service. Interment will be in the Westbrook Cemetery. Email condolences can be sent to The Westbrook Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Caesar Carlson was born January 23, 1907 to Emma (Nelson) and Conrad Carlson at Cherokee, Iowa. In 1914 he moved with his parents to Westbrook, Minnesota. He was baptized at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church by Pastor Lewis and attended country school District #4. On June 12, 1941, Caesar married Thelma Bloch at Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook. They made their home on the Carlson family farm where Caesar grew up. In 1973, he retired and they moved into Westbrook.

Caesar, a farmer at heart, and being a civic minded individual, was active and productive in his community all his life. He was president of the Cottonwood County Livestock Improvement Association for 25 years. During that time he worked closely with Herman Vossen, County Agent, on the Five Calf Project, benefiting the youth of Cottonwood County. He was secretary/treasurer for the Livestock Shipping Association for 25 years,

secretary/treasurer for the Ann Town Board, served two terms on the Westbrook Hospital Board, two terms as board member for Rolling Hills Golf Club and served on the Cottonwood County Variance board for several years. He was an active member of the Westbrook Kiwanis club, served as president, and participated annually in the Walk-a-thon for the Children's Miracle Network. Caesar was also president for the Westbrook Apartments Association for many years. As a member of Grace Lutheran Church since his marriage, he served on the church council as secretary/treasurer, and as deacon and trustee for the congregation. Caesar's favorite pastimes included fishing, golfing, hunting, and playing cards with his friends. He enjoyed traveling and spending 30 winters in Arizona.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife Thelma, two daughters: Lucein (Hank) Dieters, Fort Collins, CO, Marlys (Wendell) Thompson, Brookings, SD; one son Lee (Carol) Carlson, Balaton, MN; 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; brother Ivan Carlson; sisters: Opal Wegner, New Richland, MN and Pearl Moen, Fargo, ND; nieces, nephews and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother and five sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.