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Obituaries: Richard Charles Carlson


September 11, 2020

Richard Charles Carlson, 79, of Cloquet passed away Sept. 3, 2020, in Cloquet.

He was born June 3, 1941, in Cloquet to Swen and Esther Carlson.

Dick graduated from Cloquet High School in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army October 1960 through October 1962. He then served four years in the Army National Guard. After his discharge from the Army, he worked at Wood Conversion for a short time before going to work at Potlatch, where he worked for more than 36 years. He retired in July of 2001 as a millwright.

Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing and dancing. He also loved his dogs, Oly No. 1 through No. 5.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert “Bob” Carlson.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joyce; stepson, Mitchell (Debbie) Rontti of Rogers; son, Chad Carlson of Cloquet; two grandsons, Drew (Kacie) Rontti and Matthew (Anna) Rontti; three great-grandsons, James, Joel and Owen; and many friends and relatives.

Private family services will be held. Inurnment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Letters and cards of condolence may be sent to the family care of Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet MN 55720. To sign the guestbook and offer an online tribute, see

Pine Knot News, Sept. 11, 2020


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