Jim passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, at Spencer Hospital.
James Edward Carlson, the son of Edward and Henrietta (Rinken) Carlson, was born on April 13, 1943 in Hastings, Neb. He received his early education attending school in rural Spencer, Maple Hill, and Glenwood, Minn., where he graduated high school. One of Jim's accomplishments while in high school, he was the Minnesota State wrestling champion his junior year. Following graduation, Jim entered into the military with the U.S. Navy on Jan. 9, 1964. Jim was honorably discharged due to medical reasons on Sept. 25, 1964.
After his time in the service, Jim returned to Spencer and attended Larson's School of Beauty. He then opened New Image Salon where he operated it for five years. In 1972, Jim started working at Farm and Home Publisher's as a sales representative.
On July 24, 1976, Jim married Sandra Fuchs at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Jim was a member of the Evening Shade Lodge No. 312 A.F. & A.M.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother; and Jerry Allen.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sandy of Spencer; his daughter, Shelley Ahlers and her husband, Joe of Laurens; his three grandchildren; his sister, JoAnne Freeburg and her husband, Ken "Butch" of Ridgecrest, N.C.; and his mother-in-law, Janice Fuchs of Laurens.
Warner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.