Ernest Wesly Carlson was born on June 26, 1914, at Heron Lake, Minnesota to the late Emil A. and Anna B.(Busch) Carlson. He was baptized on April 2, 1915 and confirmed on June 4, 1933 at Salem Lutheran Church in Heron Lake. He received his education in the Miloma, Heron Lake, and Kinbrae schools, graduating from the eighth grade on July 8, 1929. He went to work for local farmers, picked potatoes one season in the Red River Valley, and helped at home until he took over the Phillips 66 Station in Kinbrae in the fall of 1937.
On June 4, 1940, he was united in marriage to Genevieve M. Hultquist in Dundee, Minnesota. To this marriage would be blessed two children, Judith and Robert. After marriage, Ernie and Gen lived in Kinbrae for one year until moving near Jeffers in 1941. Ernie farmed there until 1948, when they moved into Windom and, with C.J. Hultquist, built Skateland Roller Drome opening on December 13, 1950. Ernie continued to farm land near Windom until 1969, as well as doing carpentry work, while continuing with the roller rink. Ernie and Gen enjoyed the skating patrons, young and old, like family. Often Ernie was seen teaching someone how to skate, especially loving to help the little children. In 1980, they retired and sold the business. After their retirement, they continued to live in Windom, where Ernie enjoyed his vegetable and flower gardening. Ernie loved his woodworking hobby, and even harvested a lot of the wood that he utilized to make some unique crafts. Many of these crafts were donated to the Fall Harvest Festivals at Windom American Lutheran Church where Ernie was a faithful member. After Gen¹s death in 2003, he became too lonely and needed more help because of failing vision, so in August 2004, he moved to Burbank, California to live with his daughter and son-in-law. At that time, he became a faithful parishioner at St. Matthew¹s Lutheran Church in Glendale, while continuing membership at ALC.
On November 4, 2008, Ernie entered St. Joseph¹s Medical Center in Burbank, CA. During his stay there he had fluid removed from his lung and a Pacemaker placed. On December 11th, he was moved to The Burbank Rehabilitation Center for further therapy. It was there that he passed away early on the morning of January 6, 2009, at the age of 94 years, 6 months and 11 days, due to congestive heart failure.
His devoted family includes two children: Judith A. Dellinger and her husband, Ernest, of Burbank, CA; Robert E. Carlson and his wife, Linda, of Midwest City, OK; two grandchildren: Leah M. Rogers (Chad) of Warner Robins, GA; Jeffrey M. Carlson (Krissy) and Step Great Granddaughter, Shaelyn, of Alexandria, VA; Sisters: Della Dierks of Fulda and Irene Hultquist of Windom; Brother, William (Marilyn) of Tracy, Sister-in-law, Ruth Carlson of Slayton, and many other relatives and friends.
Ernie was preceeded by his wife of sixty-three years, Genevieve;his parents, Emil and Anna; and two brothers, Raymond and Herbert.
Lauren Kay Kepler wrote on Jan 9, 2010:
"I miss him sooo much i would cry right now!!!!"
VICKI LAKE (PETERSEN) wrote on Feb 2, 2009:
"TO THE FAMILY AND ERNIE AND JAN I HAD THE BEST TIMES WHEN THEY HAD THE THE ROLLER SKATING RINK.ERNIE WAS SO CARING.AND FRIENDLY.AND SO WONDERFUL PEOPLE I EVER MITE.I REMEMBER DOING THE ALL DIFFERENT THINGS.LIKE DOING 2 BOY AND ONE GIRL.AND 2 GIRLS AND ONE BOY.AND IT WAS SO FUN TO DO THE SPOT LIGHT.AND THE GRAND MARCH.AND REMEMBER THEM SKATING TOO.AND TEACH LITTLE KIDS TO SKATE.EVERYTIME I HEAR SOME OF THOSES SONGS.IT TAKE ME BACK TO ROLLER SKATING EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SATURSDAY NIGHT.WE ALWAYS HAD SO MUCH FUN. THERE GOING TO BE MISS.MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO FAMILY.AND THERE SKATING UP THE IN HEAVEN. "
Rollerskater-Belinda (Utterback) Weber wrote on Feb 1, 2009:
"The Family of Ernie and Jen: I have very wonderful childhood memory of your mother and father. I to was a regular at Skateland every Wednesday and Saturday. Rollerskating was a big part of my youth and teen years in Windom. I remember your father helping me to learn how to skate backwards and other miscellaneous steps that we all did on or skates. What a wonderful time we had. I will always remember the fond memories of Skateland that your parents made possible for us all. We all will remember "Everyone skate, All skate! I know their is rollerskating in heaven, now. Your parents truly made being a "kid" fun. "