Roy Carlsen, 1923-2018

Published 1:00 am Thursday, July 5, 2018

Funeral services for Roy C. Carlsen, 94, of Albert Lea will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Round Prairie Lutheran Church. The Rev. Kent Otterman will officiate. Interment will be at North Round Prairie Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by local veterans organizations. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at

Roy Carlsen

Roy died peacefully Monday, July 2, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea.

Roy Clifford Carlsen was born Nov. 13, 1923, in Albert Lea, the son of Carl and Hansina (Jensen) Carlsen. Roy was a lifelong resident of Freeborn County, except for a stint in the Navy and a few years in California. He owned and operated Carlsen’s Refrigeration for many years, servicing milk coolers, freezers, refrigerators and air conditioners. As a kid he attended country school, rode his horse, always had a dog and loved to hunt.

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Roy married Lillian Jensen on June 14, 1946. They were very happy in their little house on the Carlsen farm. Soon they had two children, Julie and Steven. Roy enjoyed the 4-H ball games, quite often being the umpire. They also went fishing at local lakes, bringing home lots of bullheads that he always cleaned and Lillian fried. The rule was if you caught it or shot it, you cleaned it.

Roy and Lillian always enjoyed dancing. They were members of the square dance club in Albert Lea for many years. They also loved to waltz, polka and schottische. They bought a recreational vehicle and did some traveling. For many years they drove to Arizona or Texas for an extended vacation. Roy became very good at the scroll saw, making many wall hangings. It was fun to find them in different homes and places where he had given them as gifts.

Those Roy left to remember him are his wife, Lillian; daughter, Julie (Douglas) Wallin; son, Steven (Christine) Carlsen; grandchildren Mark (Amy) Wallin, DeAnn (Mike) Read, Karen (Gabriel) Beal, Janet (Eric) Sparrow, Brian (Kelli) Wallin, Peter (Katie) Carlsen and Paul (Sara) Carlsen; great-grandchildren Spencer, Jacob and Ryan Wallin, Joseph and Justin Read, Calvin (Brooke) and Kristin Beal, Carsen and Hudson Sparrow, Matthew and Lance Carlsen, and Ben and Emma Carlsen; and great-great-grandson, Roan Beal.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Hansina; sisters Guida Dahl, Gladys Hunt and Dagna (Sandy) Langdon; and great-grandchildren William and Kylie Sparrow.

Memorials are preferred to North Round Prairie Cemetery.