Funeral services for Daniel Carlson of Chokio will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chokio. Father David Petron will be officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, and for one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery near Chokio.
Daniel Jon Carlson, 3rd child born to Lauren and Barbara (Dorweiler) Carlson, was born June 10, 1961 in Minneapolis. Dan grew up and received his schooling in the Chokio area, graduating from Chokio-Alberta High School in 1979. He then went on to attend South Dakota State University in Brookings, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983. He immediately began working as an independent operator for Wayne Transport. On Feb. 4, 1983, he was married to Donna Groff, and to this union, their daughter Lindsay was born on May 27, 1984. In March of 1990, Dan met and fell in love with Vicki Iverson. In June of 1991, Dan, Vicki and Lindsay moved onto a hobby farm near Chokio. Vicki passed away on Nov. 10, 2008. Dan continued to live on their farm near Chokio and work for Wayne Transport until the time of his death.
Dan enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends and brothers. As a result of these hunting and fishing trips, he soon became known as "Dangerous Dan", a name that has shadowed him since that time. Dan's greatest source of pride and joy was always being Lindsay Rose's dad. Dan was an irreplaceable part of his family and will forever be loved and missed by all who knew him.
Dan was reunited with Vicki, the love of his life, when he died peacefully at his home on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009. He had lived to reach the age of 47 years.
He is survived by his daughter: Lindsay Carlson of Victoria; his father: Dr. Lauren Carlson of Chokio; his mother: Barbara (Jerry) Eide of Missoula, Mont.; three brothers: Louis Carlson of Philomath, Ore., Dr. Thomas (Michelle) Carlson of St. Joseph and Peter (Heather) Carlson of Independence; four sisters: Lisa Carlson of Richmond, Anne Stahn of St. Paul, Kathryn (Paul) Bergstrom of St. Paul and Dr. Molly (Dr. Josh) Buckler of Seattle, Wash. as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vicki and his step-mother, Sandra Carlson.
Pallbearers for the service are: Peter Carlson, Tom Carlson, Louis Carlson, Steve Stahn, Steve Johnson, Rob Vassallo and Paul Bergstrom. JoAnne Foley will serve as organist for the service, with Tom Horning serving as soloist and song leader. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.