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Kenneth Carlson

May 16, 1946 - March 18, 2021

Kenneth Carlson – of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia Missouri, passed away peacefully into the arms of an Angel after a brief illness on Thursday March 18, 2021 at the age of 74. Ken grew up on a holstein dairy farm in Minnesota USA where he went to Warren Minnesota Public School. He studied at Waldorf University and later worked at Sheridan College as the College Administrator. Ken always had a twinkle in his eye and a huge laugh that filled the house. He was a kind and warm-hearted soul. He loved a walk, a good book, watching sports and discussing the game plays with his brother Rod over the telephone. Ken enjoyed intelligent conversations with his nephews and nieces and always signed off with “bye from your best-looking uncle”. Ken has since worked at retirement with Faye.

He was loved by his partner Faye A. Welsh (nee Pestell). He leaves behind two wonderful daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Aaron Hopper of Moberly, Missouri and Jean and JD Shaver of Aurora, Colorado and six grandchildren. Survived by his brothers Mylo (Marlene) Carlson, Rodney Carlson and sisters Mary (Keith deceased) Myhrer and Janet (Paul) Aakre. Fondly remembered by Faye’s family, Mary Strachan, Lorraine Dewar, Larry Pestell and Arlene Riehl, Robert Pestell, Andy Buchanan, Elaine Pestell, Pauline Pestell, Lois and Fraser Donaldson.

Predeceased by his parents Myron and Margaret (Martyn) Carlson.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Saturday March 20, 2021 from 7-8 p.m. Due to Provincial Covid-19 restrictions, those wishing to attend the visitation must schedule a time by calling the Funeral Home at 519-356-2382 or by emailing Please arrive five minutes before your intended time slot and remain in your vehicle until a parking attendant invites you in. The Bereavement Authority of Ontario and local Health Unit have mandated that everyone attending must wear a mask.

Once it is safe to again travel this summer, Ken’s ashes will be taken to Angus Minnesota for a service and burial in Melo Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Special thanks to the kind and compassionate staff at Grand River Hospital.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Grand River Hospital Foundation or Warren/Alvarado/Oslo Public School Education Foundation would be appreciated by the family.


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