Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Pastor Jim Steen will officiate. Burial will be in the Afton Township Cemetery, rural Cherokee. There will be military rites at the cemetery by L.A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home on Friday. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Bertil was born on Oct. 2, 1932 at Cherokee to Einer and Tressa (Smith) Carlson. He attended country school in Afton Township a one-room school house. He was in the Armed Forces of the United States from 1953-1955 when he was honorably discharged as a Corporal. He also obtained his GED while in the military. He was united in marriage to Alvina Anderson from Henning, Minnesota on Oct. 22, 1953 in Cherokee. He worked on the railroad between Merrill and Sioux City for two years and then worked for the Cherokee Mental Health Institute for 41 years as a power plant engineer retiring in 1995. Chuck had also farmed all his life. He was a member of the Midwest Breeders Association and the Farm Bureau Association. He enjoyed raising livestock, farming and raising crops. He loved antique tractors and owned several that he collected over the years and loved to travel.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Alvina on April 8, 1987.
He is survived by his four children: Shawn Carlson of Cherokee, Tressa Love and her husband Kenneth of Independence, Mo.; Barry Carlson of Cherokee; Sheila Miller and her husband Rick of Marcus; one step grandson Justin Love of Independence, Mo.; one brother Phillip Carlson and his wife Shirley of Milford; a half sister Christina Holmberg of Sweden; a nephew Gary Carlson of Greer, S.C.; a niece Corrine Lundell and her husband Tom of Cherokee.