Glenn Carlson, 81, of Huron

HURON — Glenn Carlson, 81, of Huron, passed away April 28, 2020, at Avantara-Huron.

Due to Covid-19, a private family funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, with burial at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.

The funeral service will be streamed live on the Kuhler Funeral Home Facebook page, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 2.

Glenn Wallace Carlson was born February 22, 1939, on a farm near Stockholm, to A. Leonard and Hazel (Steffensen) Carlson.

Glenn attended a rural school, while living on the farm near Stockholm and graduated in 1957 from South Shore High School in South Shore.

On June 5, 1960, Glenn married Sharon Lee Wendt at the Evangelical United Brethern Church in Twin Brooks. To this union, three children were born, Kimberly, Kristie and David Carlson.

Glenn, upon graduating from high school, worked first at the South Shore Creamery and later the ASCS office in Huron, mowing bin sites. After moving to Huron, he worked as a mechanic for Johnson DX.

In 1964, he started his own business in a two stall Texaco station on the junction of Hwy 37 and 14, selling gas and also doing mechanic work. It was one of 33 gas stations in Huron at the time, mostly owned by oil companies. He enlarged the business several times to accommodate his increasing business and changing brands of fuel, as one after another of the oil companies left the small towns and other major companies replaced them.

He also had a mail route from the government offices in the Christen-Hohm building to the post office, five days a week for several years starting around 1967.

He was a partner in a rental business called Dakota Rental in 1968 for several years.

He also became a dealer for E-Z Haul truck and trailers and later U-Haul equipment in 1970.
In 1971, he bought the wrecker service and did 24-hour towing until he retired and sold the business to his son, David in 2001.

Glenn had great pride in his grandkids and followed all six of them to whatever sport they were playing or parade they were marching in, from the Citrus Bowl to the Fiesta Bowl parades and all over the Midwest for baseball, football, basketball, volleyball and track.

He was an avid fisherman and loved car races as well. His racing started as a pitman for a friend and then he owned a modified #73 and also drove a hobby stock in 1976.

He was thrilled that Dave decided he was going to race and followed him three nights a week to local tracks since 2008.

Glenn was a past member of the Elks Club and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Huron.

Glenn was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Mason David Carlson; his parents, A. Leonard and Hazel (Steffensen) Carlson; his brothers, LuVerne and Kenneth; his father-in-law, Harvey (Pat) Wendt and mother-in-law, Violet Wendt; his sisters-in-law, Carol Dockter and Mary Ellen Bunting; and his brother-in-law, Darwin Dockter.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; their three children; six grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; and ten great-grandchildren.

Daughter, Kimberly Kolln, her husband, John, and their two sons, Aaron Kolln and Matthew (Dana) Kolln and step-daughter, Rachel (Chris) Braun and their daughter, Ally.

Daughter, Kristie Salmonson, her husband, Joel, and their two sons, Trevor (Cortney) Salmonson and their son, Hayes, and Travis (Liz) Salmonson and their sons, Dax and Beau.

Son, David Carlson, his wife, Tonya and their two daughters, Morgan (Justin) Bonnichsen and their children, Briar, Havyn, Rhett and Collyns and Taylor (Jordan) Foster and their children, Tinsley and Taedan.

He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Barbara Carlson and Phyllis Carlson Gunderson; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are with the Kuhler Funeral Home.

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