Leonard Axel Carlson, 89, of Diamondhead, Miss., passed away on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.
Leonard was born in 1929 in Little Falls, Minn., to Axel and Esther Carlson. He graduated from Little Falls High School in 1947, and a few years later met Jo Anne Kainz. They were married in 1958, and moved to Cottage Grove, Minn., where they raised three sons. Later they moved to northern Minnesota before retiring to the south.
Leonard was always an active member of his community and made friends quickly. He was very involved in the church and was a veteran of the Korean War. He enjoyed playing golf his entire life with all of his friends around the country, but mostly with his wife, Jo Anne. If you didn’t find him on a golf course, you could find him in a casino playing Blackjack or a slot machine.
He is survived by three sons: Thomas Andrew Carlson (Brenda) of Minnesota, Timothy Axel Carlson (Laura) of Minnesota, and Jeffry Leonard Carlson of Diamondhead, Miss.; his only grandchild, Ashley Simat (Chris) of Minnesota; and his granddog, Sam.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Jo Anne Kainz Carlson; his parents; and three siblings: Veryl (Dale) Connors, George (Marjorie) Mokler and Phyllis (Donald) Rhead.
Visitation: Will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 9062 Kiln Delisle Rd., Pass Christian, Miss. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m.
Memorials: May be made to cancer research at www.cancer.org.
Arrangements are with Riemann Family Funeral Home in Pass Christian, Miss. To share a memory, please visit www.riemannfamily.com.