John Arvid Carlson

John Arvid Carlson

KINGSFORD — John Arvid Carlson, 85, of Kingsford, formerly of Aurora, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on April 2, 2020.  John Arvid was born on Aug. 30, 1934, in Niagara, son of Bertil and Virginia Carlson.

John married Audrey Krans on Jan. 28, 1956 and they were blessed with 52 years of marriage until Audrey’s death in 2008.

He attended Aurora and Kingsford schools, graduating from Kingsford High School in 1952. John attended North Park College, Seattle Pacific University and the University of South Dakota. 

He taught in Florence and Kingsford High Schools and also served as a Kingsford High School assistant principal.   

John Arvid’s priority was God first. His life was a testimony to that. Whenever he was asked how he was doing, no matter what his current situation was, his answer was always, “Too Blessed To Be Stressed!” 

John was an active member of the Aurora Free Church. He was a member of the Gideons International for 50 years and served on the board of WRVM Christian radio for 40 years. 

In addition to his teaching job, John helped Audrey operate the family farm for many years.

One of his greatest joys was having his grandchildren enjoy life on the farm. (The grandkids enjoyed; driving tractors and the pug, spending time with the farm animals, making hay, and helping grandma bake in the kitchen.)

Additionally, John enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in the woods and traveling. He especially enjoyed hunting and fishing trips with his sons and his grandchildren. 

John was blessed with a second marriage in his life. He married Patt Swanson in Aug. 6, 2011. They enjoyed nine years of marriage. They enjoyed travelling, music and visiting with friends and family. 

John is survived by his wife, Patt Carlson; children, Bob (Kathy) Carlson of Canandaigua, N.Y., Dan (Judy) Carlson of Bloomfield, N.Y., David (Mary) Carlson of Iron Mountain, and Venisa Zoppetti-Leslie of Aurora; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers, Bert and Ted, and sisters, Linnea and Bevist.

In accordance with current state and federal guidelines, a public visitation and service will not be held at this time. A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced prior to that time.

Burial will take place at the Homestead-Aurora Cemetery. 

Donations in John Arvid’s memory can be made to the Gideon Bible Fund or the Aurora Free Church.  

Condolences to the family of John Arvid Carlson can be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.