Karlson, Alden Ben age 95, of St. Louis Park, died peacefully on December 28, 2012 with family members by his side. He was born in Parkville, MN, on March 13, 1917 to Knute and Pauline Karlson. Alden attended elementary school in Minneapolis and graduated from Waconia High School. He attended the University of Minnesota before joining the navy in November 1940. Most of the next four years, eleven months and eleven days were spent on the Pacific Ocean. He was in Pearl Harbor a few days after it was bombed and was on a carrier in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered. He had attained the rank of Chief. After the war, he spent most of his career as a stationery engineer; his last job was with the Federal Reserve Bank. After retirement, he volunteered as an escort at the VA Hospital for twenty years. Alden was a long time member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and treasured his lifelong relationship with his Lord. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin near Brainerd. He was a handyman who could fix anything and he was an artist who created beautiful metal sculptures. He loved to read and was well versed on what was happening in the world. Alden was a family man who was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. He married Dorothy Boyle in 1946. After her death he married Dorothy Fryxell in 1966. His parents, his brothers Lennert and Alfred, and his sister Katherine preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years and his family: Douglas A. Karlson, Sarah and Douglas D.; Jean Skoro (Steve), Robert (Ellen) and Elizabeth; David A. Karlson; Roger Karlson; David W. Fryxell (Nancy); Dale Fryxell (Susan), Karl, Anna, and Kelli; Paul Karlson; Bich Nguyen (Sean), Brendan and LeAnn; Thuy Nguyen, Tien (Gladys), Truong (Vicky) and Tami; as well as 5 great-grandchildren and one sister, Virginia. A memorial service will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8115 Highway 7, SLP, on Saturday, January 5th at 11:00. Visitation will be at the church one hour before the service and from 7:00 to 9:00 on Friday evening, January 4th at Aquila Commons, 8200 W. 33rd St., SLP. Memorials are preferred to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, STEP, or the University Landscape Arboretum.
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Published in Star Tribune on Dec. 30, 2012