Ronald (Ronnie) Carl Carlson, age 79, formerly of Adams-Friendship, Wisconsin passed away Saturday, May 06, 2023, at Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, Wisconsin following a long battle with dementia.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at the Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church in Arkdale, Wisconsin. Pastor Terri Skidum will officiate. Interment will be at the West Arkdale Cemetery, Town of Strongs Prairie, Wisconsin. Military Honors will be provided by the Adams County Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19 at Roseberry’s Funeral Home.
Ronnie was born on February 16, 1944, in Madison, Wisconsin to Hugo and Minni (Attleson) Carlson. After graduating AFHS in 1962, Ronnie enlisted in the USMC. Working for The Officer’s Club while stationed in Japan he developed a passion for hospitality. Upon returning home he met his wife Connie Bush while tending bar at Inn of the Pines. That union blessed them with two children, Richard and Kimberly. Together Ronnie and Connie opened Carlson’s Keg in 1971 and Carlson’s Rustic Ridge in 1985. He was a member of the Tavern League of Adams County for many years.
Along the way he was bit by the travel bug taking him on numerous vacations throughout the world with his lifelong friend, Art Leinweber. Some of Ronnie’s adventures include diving the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, fishing the Amazon River in Brazil, becoming a Master Angler in Canada and visiting many other places throughout North America and The Caribbean.
When not greeting guests at his own establishments he could often be found cutting firewood in the fall, patronizing other local taverns with a cold beverage in hand, and visiting with the many friends he made throughout the years.
Memorials may be directed in Ronnie’s memory to the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home, King, Wisconsin.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents: Hugo and Minni Carlson. Brothers LeRoy -Gordon- Carlson and Donnie (Jean) Carlson.
Son: Rick (Brianna) Carlson of Friendship
Daughter: Kim (Nic Marzahl) Carlson of Friendship
Grandchildren: Adelaide Carlson and Hendrik Carlson of Friendship
Longtime Companion: Michelle Housworth
Along with many nieces and nephews
Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit www.roseberrys.com to offer the family online condolences.
Loved and respected by many. Many good memories
I’m so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He and Don were quite the stinkers in high school. He was always so friendly when we saw him at his supper club and it was good to reminisce the school days. He will be missed. May God give you peace!
Rick, Kim & Michelle – My heart goes out to you. Ron always had a smile for his guests in his “living room” at Carlson’s. Great man and a great boss! With love, Ginny
We are heartbroken to hear about Ron’s passing. We have great memories of vacationing with him in Mexico, visiting him in Adam’s Friendship and having dinner at Carlson’s. We laughed ourselves silly playing cards with him and making the rounds to various establishments. He spread cheer everywhere he went. We love you, Ronnie.
We lost a awesome person.
Our deepest sympathy to the Carlson family. Ron always had a nice smile and great stories. We so enjoyed going to the Rustic Ridge for great food and lots of laughs ! May you rest in peace, Ron.
Sincerely, Jack and Brenda
Ronnie was a true friend and it was always a highlight visiting with him at Carlson’s buy the lake when I would come from Germany.
He made everyone feel welcome and will be missed in Wisconsin. My sincere sympathy to the family.
Ronnie was a true friend and is was always a highlight visiting with him at Carlson’s buy the lake when I would come from Germany.
He made everyone feel welcome and will be missed in Wisconsin. My sincere sympathy to the family.
Rick and Kim, and family. Sorry for your loss . Had many good times with him. He will be missed . You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Our sympathy to Ron’s family. He was a nice person & a friend to many. Remember the good times to help you through the days ahead.
So sorry for your loss of a wonderful man! Ronnie was truly one of my most favorite people! He could always put a smile on my face!
Sending my deepest sympathy to the Carlson family. I have fond memories of dinners at Carlson’s when I was growing up in the area. Wishing you all peace and comfort at this difficult time.
To Ron’s family. I have known Ron for more than 70 years and consider him one of my best friends. I was also a U.S. Marine during the time he served. Thank you for service Ron. He was my right tackle and I was the right guard during our conference year championship in 1958. Many happy times. Also his brother Donald was left tackle. Ron I am going to miss our time talking. I am sure I am not to far away from seeing you soon. I am so sorry for your loss.
You have our deepest sympathy. Ron was truly an outstanding person and will truly be missed
So sorry for your loss
So sorry for your loss.
So sorry for your loss. Ron will be missed by so many, may he rest in peace.
So sorry for your loss.
RIP (Marine) Ron
You are in our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace. Ron was a great guy and is already missed.
Ronnie was always a ray of sunshine everywhere he went, Many memories of fun times with him, Brewer bus rides just aren’t the same, RIP Ronnie. To the family, So sorry for your loss.
Ronnie was always a ray of sunshine everywhere he went, Many memories of fun times with him, Brewer bus rides just aren’t the same, RIP Ronnie. To the family, So sorry for your loss
So very sorry for your loss, he was always a ray of sunshine everywhere he went, Many memories of fun times with him, Brewer bus rides just aren’t the same, RIP Ronnie
Always a smile & a gentleman. Ronnie will be missed by all who knew him.
To Ronnie’s family and friends we send sincere condolences for your loss.
So sorry for your huge loss Kim and Rick and your family’s, he was such a true gem in the community and so very welcoming to everyone who entered Carlson’s! He will be missed so much by so many. May you find comfort in your memories and how very much he loved you all!
Our sympathy is extended to the Carlson family.
The whole Fraser family send you all our love and thoughts. We are from the other side of the world but considered Ron as one our best friends for many years. We were very fortunate to have him visit us in Australia several times and show us so much hospitality when we were lucky enough to visit America. We will miss him so much but sure he is in a better place now. Rest in peace Ron.
Ricky, Kim and family. I’m very sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your dad and so do many others. He was one of the nicest people that I’ve known. I will keep all of you in my prayers.
God’s speed- Rest easy.
Deepest sympathy to Rons’ Family
My deepest sympathy to the family. Ron was a great guy as an employer and friend. Always had a great time working at Carlson’s Keg. He will forever live on in your hearts.
Rick and Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always cherish the fun times we had together, whether it was cutting wood,fishing down in Florida,or just having great times together with you I and Art. I will truly miss him.
Sorry to hear of your loss, Many great memories with Ronnie. God speed
Our deepest condolences to Ronnie’s family and friends. He was an honest hardworking man full of grace, truth and respect. He was loved by so many and will be missed by all.
So sorry for your families loss. RIP Ron.
Ron, you were a huge part of our family for a long time. So extremely grateful for all you shared with us and all you taught us. You will be missed. Condolences to all of Ron’s family for their great loss.
May his soul rest in peace with the LORD. 🙏🏼
Ron was such a kind and gentle sole. So many of the great ones are leaving thier legacies. Rest Ronnie and enjoy one for us up there😇
He was 1 of the first friends we had when we moved here. Great man. Condolences and hugs to the family
Sending love and prayers. I will cherish all my memories of such an amazing man! He lit up the world with his presence and holds a place forever in many hearts. He can now rest with Jesus.
Rick, Kim and family’s you have our sincere sympathy. We had lots of good times with Ron many memories and fun. The Rustic Ridge was the place where the neighbors all went we were always welcomed with that smile. Condolences to all.
Rick. Kim and family, My heart is once again broken. 20 plus years of having him in my life with lots of travel and holiday times. His legacy of generosity and work ethic will live on in my children and family and friends that were employed by him. This past year has been full of heartbreak after losing a grandson and my decision to care for my mother after losing my dad has been the hardest in my life. This disease ( Dementia) robs us of our loved ones far too soon and I pray that someday they will find a cure. You are Forever in my heart! With Love
Rick and Kim sorry for your loss, Your father was a wonderful man. We had lots of fun over the years. He was truly loved and will be missed.
Kim and Rick and family.
So very sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. What a terrific guy. Always smiling and friendly. I’m sure he will be missed by many. Prayers to you all.
I am so sorry for your loss Rick and Kim I first met Ron over 30 years ago we became really good friends even though we live 8000 miles apart I was lucky enough to have Ron visit me in Australia on a couple of occasions Ron was my mate and I will miss him terribly America will never be the same again for me without Ron Denis Fraser
So sorry for your loss, remember the good times.
Ricky, Kim & family~ I am saddened to see this but also thankful his suffering is over. 😇 One of the hardest things to watch, as a loved one. 😢 He truly was one of the nicest guys you would ever meet and oh, that beautiful smile. 😁 He built such a beautiful place and everyone will always cherish all the wonderful memories at Carlson’s!! ♥️ What a legacy he has left; in so many ways! I know that anyone who knew him, was blessed to know such an incredible man. Please know that Curtie & I send lots of prayers, love & hugs~🥰🙏✝️
I’m so sorry. Ronnie will always hold a very special place in my heart. He was an amazing employer, hardworking and loyal. The world is a better place having had him in it…RIP
Sending loving hugs to Rick, Kim and your families. Dale and I have many fun memories of your dad! He will be missed!
So sorry for the family’s loss of Ronnie. Always enjoyed seeing him.
Rick,Kim, and family. We are so sorry to have lost such a well known,friendly, community supportive guy. Always had a smile to greet you. His struggle with dementia is over. May you be comforted knowing how he was loved. God’s Peace Be With You !
So sorry to hear of Rons passing. He was a great guy. We enjoyed many years of friendship in tavern league. Rick, Pat, and Joshua Raught
Sorry for your loss Rick & Kim. ❤️
Many great memories with Ron. He always had a smile that was contagious! I’ll miss him! Thoughts and prayers to the family.
So sorry for your loss, Ronnie was lived by everyone he met , we had so many great times with him 🙏 ❤
My deepest sympathy to the family of Ronnie. His memory will live on through each of you.
Heartbroken for all of his family, friends and those who loved him. hugs
So sorry on your loss
So sorry for your loss. So many great memories of Ron and both estabishments! Our sincere condolences to the family.
So sorry for your loss, my prayers and sympathy are with you all. May you now rest in peace Ron
Our condolences to the family. So sorry for your loss.
So sorry to hear about Ron passing. Lots of great memories with him. 🙏
Dear Kim & Rick dmso sorry to hear about passing of Ronnie. Had Great times @ Carlson’s Keg on Z when my family started to come up to Adams County & Bartending @ Carkson’s Rustic Ridges. Lots of memories he will be missed. R.I.P. Ronnie Carlson. Till we meet again. Dtm.
So sorry for your loss. Ronnie was a great man and will be missed by many.
So sorry for your loss he was a great guy. I worked for him when it was Carlson Keg.
So many fond memories. He was a great guy!
So very sorry for the families loss
I’m very sorry for your loss
I am so sorry for your families loss…..
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Ronnie was one of my favorite people.
Our deepest sympathies to your family. Ronnie was such a great guy! So many memories!
Scott and Becky Pease
I always enjoyed his company. He was a true blessing to the community. He will be deeply missed.
We are very sorry for your loss.
Eric, Mila & Gabriella Carlson
So very sorry for your loss. Never saw Ron without a smile on his face or a warm greeting. He will be missed. Condolences to you all.