Clarence “Kelly” Lewis Carlson of Osceola died Jan. 13, 2021, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. He was 88.

Kelly was born Oct. 11, 1932, to John and Clara Carlson in Alden Township. Kelly’s mother, Clara, died at his birth. There were older children in the family, John, Dale, Jim and a sister, Jenny. Kelly was baptized and confirmed all at West Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osceola. 

Kelly was fostered by Amanda and Martin Johnson on their farm in Nye. He spent time at the Johnson Farm until he retired. Kelly was devoted to his mother, Amanda, and took good care of her. 

Kelly graduated from Osceola High School in 1951. He worked a short time as a baker with Wally Beach in Osceola and he also painted houses with Abner Hexum. In 1954, he went to work at the Ramsey County Nursing home in Minnesota as an Orderly, CAN and Medication Tech until he retired. 

In his younger days, Kelly enjoyed crafts, traveling, bowling, skating, dancing and playing the piano. Kelly had a fun, spirited sense of humor. He enjoyed keeping in touch by telephone to many people, they will surly miss his calls. 

Kelly was preceded in death by his parents, John and Clara; foster parents, Martin and Amanda; foster brothers, Sam (Anna) Johnson, Clarence (Audrey) Johnson, George (Ida Dell) Johnson; foster sisters, Agnes (Charles) Mork, Mayme (Lute) Pettis and Florence (Sheldon) Christensen. 

Kelly is survived by his younger brother, Gordon (Sue) Carlson of Grand Rapids, Mich. He grew up with all the Johnson grandchildren, all 36 and he called them his nieces and nephews. He was much loved by all. 

A memorial service will be held June 22 at West Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osceola at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. 

Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home, Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at 

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