Kenneth B Carlson


August 11, 1934 - November 2, 2011


Kenneth "Kenny" B. Carlson was born August 11, 1934, the son of Bertha (Soma) and Chris Carlson at Davison County, SD. He attended school in Mt. Vernon, SD. Kenny farmed with his mother and father in Mt. Vernon, Loomis and Letcher. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on December 9, 1953, acquiring the rank of Staff Sergeant as an aircraft and engine mechanic and crew chief. He was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Later he went to Amarillo, TX for tech school. Then he went to McConnell Air Force Base in Witchita, KS where he finished his enlistment on December 8, 1957.

After the service he ran gas stations in Lead, Plankinton and Mitchell. He then returned back to the farm at Letcher, where he met Lois Sweet and her family, whom he shared his life with and became part of the family. Lois and Kenny lived on the farm where they retired. In October 2008, they moved to Mitchell where they resided until Kenny’s death.

Kenny loved farming and was an incredible mechanic. He also had a passion for collecting older cars and pickups. His plan for retirement was to take one car at a time, refurbish it, and then move on to the next. Kenny loved having coffee with friends visiting about their lives and the state of our political system.

Grateful for having shared his life are his loving companion, Lois Sweet and her children, Orville (Mollie) Sweet, Parkston, Charolette (Scott) Suess, Casper, WY, Connie (Rick) Tiensvold, Sioux Falls, Caroline (Jarrell) Grimes, Parkston, Oran (Amy) Sweet, Mt. Vernon and Otto Sweet, Mitchell; his nieces and nephews, Debbie Carlson, Kevin (Tina) Carlson, Tammy (Terry) Hanson, Lisa (Jeff) Jolliff, and Kelly (Daren) Sterk all of Mitchell, Keith Carlson, Mt. Vernon, and Linda (Tom) Kloxin, Sioux Falls; one brother-in-law, David Hansen, Corsica; 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; numerous great nieces and nephews; and many many special friends. 

 Kenny was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister, Merlene Hansen; brothers, Donnie Carlson and Kermit Carlson; two sisters-in-law, Doris Carlson and Betty Carlson; one niece, Colleen Carlson; and one grandson, Calvin P. Sweet.


Friday, November 4, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, November 5, 2011
11:00 AM
Mitchell Wesleyan Church
Mitchell, South Dakota


Military Graveside Service
Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Neal Martin on August 23, 2019
The best friend I ever had. Growing up with Kenny was the best thing that ever happened to me. We were more like brothers than friends. We worked together and we played together. i love you mate and I will see you in heaven. God bless your family .I think of you often. Neal
Posted by J Nunnally on November 16, 2011
The passing of a loved one is difficult. I know it was a heartfelt time for me. Therefore, I'd like to share scripture that may help. Please, read John 6:40, 44 and Ps. 36:9.
Posted by Connie Tiensvold on November 7, 2011
With the passing of my stepdad Kenny Carlson on November 2nd, my heart is heavy. He was such a wonderful humble man. We enjoyed many talks and drives in the country around his farm and to Mt. Vernon. Every day of the last 17 days of his life on earth I spent as much time as possible holding his hands and enjoying his presence. As I look back, the time feels more like moments rather than days. Blessed is the word that best describes the way I feel for having been able to share in Kenny's life here on earth. We talked about Jesus and prayed together during his hospital stay. I never imagined that he would not pull through this operation. Even in his final days, he had a sense of humor - winking and giving me the "wiggly eyebrow" as the nurses attended him. An empty spot in my heart seems to make its way into my emotions during the day. I look forward to the day when we will be have our reunion in heaven. Oh the peace we will experience with no more earthy "isms" to cumber our day. God was so gracious to have brought Kenny into our lives. I am eternally thankful.
Posted by Marty, Wendy, Kayleigh, Mariah and Alaina Royston on November 4, 2011
We love you, Grandpa Kenny, and will miss all of your great stories about the good old says. One day, we will hear them again as we "peel" corn together with the angels!
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