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.