Memorial Service Held for Minnehaha Academy Explosion Victim

August 01, 2018 10:51 AM

A memorial service was held for John Carlson Sunday night, the custodian killed in the explosion at Minnehaha Academy last week.

A large group showed up at the school's lower campus for the 82-year-old Minnehaha Academy graduate, who also served in the Army.


Carlson's family said he came back to the school to work as a custodian in 2003 because he got bored with retirement.

Several others said they will remember Carlson as a kind and caring person, a true gentleman. 

"Very generous, outgoing," said friend Joyce Hanson. "Always the person you could go to and get help. If you needed something, John was there. Just a gentleman; they don't make gentleman like that anymore." 

RELATED: Extended Interview: Minnehaha Grad Grace Diersen Remembers John Carlson

Visitation and funeral services for Ruth Berg, a longtime secretary also killed in the explosion, are pending.

Read John Carlson's obituary, which includes excerpts from his memoirs, here


Joe Mazan

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