Andrew Nathanial Carlson, 43, died Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN after losing a courageous fight against traumatic brain injuries that he suffered on July 21, 2021.
Andy was born November 13, 1977 in St. Cloud, MN to Marlowe and Audrey Carlson of Litchfield, MN, the youngest of five children. Andy grew up in rural Litchfield on an old farm site that he cherished. He spent his youth outside playing in the woods, creeks and the farm’s old buildings, the barn and summer kitchen especially. The barn for big parties and the summer kitchen for him and his friends’ band practice space and hang out spot. Always, Andy had a crew of friends around him and the music was playing or being played. Andy played the guitar and drums in rock bands with his friends. Countless Litchfield youth of the mid ‘90s enjoyed big parties behind the barn with even bigger bonfires where many young aspiring Litchfield bands, including Andy’s, were given a stage. It was an annual music and bonfire fest for several years known as Tootondo.
In 1996 he graduated from Litchfield Senior High School and moved to Duluth, MN with a crew of friends to attend Lake Superior Community College, earning an Associate of Arts of Degree in 1999. Andy worked at Menards and Mac’s Landscaping in Hermantown and Sir Benedicts Tavern in Duluth in those years. Andy moved to St. Cloud, MN in 2001 and began working in the construction trades, specializing in concrete. He was an incredibly hard worker with herculean strength and seemingly tireless energy. Over the next twenty years, Andy lived and worked in St. Cloud, Litchfield, Darwin, Hutchinson and Watertown, MN.
In 2002 Andy met his true pride and joy when his son, Riley, was born. Andy was a proud, smiling papa who made sure to round out Riley’s formal education with the type of things not offered in schools – the importance of good music, how to find value in roadside freebies, how to change an alternator in a jeep, how to make something out of seemingly nothing, how to laugh, and how to be strong when the going gets tough.
Andy is survived by his son, Riley (18) of Lester Prairie, MN; his brothers Lee Carlson (Carolyn) of Owatonna, MN and Bruce Carlson (Kate) of Stillwater, MN; his sisters Ann Hicks (Jeff) of Anoka, MN and Anita Carlson of Minneapolis, MN; and ten nieces and nephews. Andy was preceded in death by his parents.
Andy will be especially remembered for his charm, incredible smile that he often wore, a big heart, and free spirit.
Join family and friends at Andy’s celebration of life on Sunday, August 29, 2021 from 1-4pm at Fiddler’s Green in Litchfield, MN. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to Andy’s son, Riley Carlson, PO Box 952, Lester Prairie, MN 55354.
Celebration of life on Sunday, 8/29, 1-4pm at Fiddler's Green, 63054 County Rd 11, Litchfield, MN 55355
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