Joseph (Joe) Albert Carlson, 74, of Motley, passed away October 21, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Joe was born November 8, 1945 to George and Clara Mae (Lucas) Carlson of Staples. He graduated from Staples High School in 1963 and went to work for Benson Optical in Staples before beginning work as a conductor with the Burlington Northern Railroad until he retired.
Joe was an outdoorsman spending time floating the river with family, bow hunting, fishing, participating in archery club and fur trapping. He also ran a bear hunting camp with his twin brother, James, located in Little Fork. Joe also found joy in antiquing and carving wood decoys. He was a member of the Catholic faith.
Joe will be greatly missed by his eight children: four daughters, JoDene (Joe) Thelen, Lorrie (Joe) Lorber, Kristin Carlson and Korrin (Shawn) Angevine; four sons, Paul (Cassandra) Carlson, Leo (Kristi) Carlson, Joseph Carlson (Jill), Peter (Tiffany) Carlson; he is also survived by two sisters, Rose Marie Pietz, Carol (Art) Mertens; two brothers, Dennis (Jean) Carlson, James (Mary) Carlson; 20 grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marion; two brothers George, Jr. and Dale and two granddaughters, Kalyn and Kassandra.