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M. Wayne Carlson, age 82 of Hastings, MN, passed away on Friday morning, November 23, 2018, in Hastings.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 1, at the River of Life Church, Hastings, with Pastor Steve Schoenwald officiating. Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at church

Melvin Wayne, the son of Alvin and Ethel (Minkler) Carlson, was born on the family farm in Newark, SD on January 2, 1936. Growing up on the family farm, Wayne enjoyed farming, playing various sports and playing the guitar.

He was united in marriage on March 5, 1969, to his love Judy. Wayne was a jack of all trades, if there was something that needed to be fixed, he would fix it. Following retirement, he enjoyed working on and operating his ham radio, listening to country music, Anderson Wertman Post #108 of the American Legion of Havana, and had served as their commander for a number of years. In his younger days, Allen played on the Havana Softball Team. He greatly enjoyed hunting, and shooting pool with his friends. Allen truly loved anything western—from his complete collection of Louie L’amour novels to “Gunsmoke” on the television, westerns were his favorite. Perhaps the only thing enjoyed more than his westerns was a chance to have a cup of coffee with a friend, and “chew the fat.”Grateful for having shared his life are his siblings, Dianne Thone of Horace, ND, Rodney watching the Minnesota sports teams, spending time with all his family, and traveling.

He is preceded in death by, his wife, Judy; parents; son, Dirk Carlson; daughter, Debra Schulz; step-son, Darren; sisters, Jean and Joyce; and brother, Vic.

Wayne is survived by his daughter, Laura (Tom Peterson) Carlson; step-children, Rachelle Schultz, Janette Emerson, and Sherri (Randy) Zitur; grandchildren, Angela, Jeri, Sarah, and Isabelle; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Bob (Janice) Carlson; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Red Cross or the American Lung Association.

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Arrangements are being completed by Caturia, Smidt & Starkson Funeral Home & Crematory of Hastings.

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