H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel

1157 Old Canton Road Ne, Marietta, GA


Kenneth Loren Carlson

February 14, 1942June 18, 2020

Kenneth Loren Carlson, age 78 of Marietta, Georgia passed away on June 18th. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Hazel and Everett Carlson. Ken was retired from Wunder-Bar and enjoyed playing golf, watching his grandchildren’s sports, and spending time with family and friends. Ken is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy Carlson and his three Sons (married) Ken and Krissy Carlson, Tim and Kelli Carlson, and Chris and Miranda Carlson. Ken also has 6 wonderful grandchildren in Kyle, Connor, Caleb, Chloe, Ledger, and Holland with whom he thought the world of. The family will receive guests between the hours of 5:00 – 8:00 PM on June 25th at H.M Patterson & Son Canton Hill. Due to the virus, the funeral mass will be held on Friday June 26th @ 11:00 am EST and for immediate family only but can be streamed at www.st-ann.org and click on the watch live icon. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that you consider a donation Ken’s honor to The American Cancer Society (donate3.cancer.org).


  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 25, 2020


Kenneth Loren Carlson

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Travis & Diann Glover

July 1, 2020

Kenny was a wonderful person. He and Nancy are great friends - and Kenny was an "absolute delight" with his wit, his jokes, his charm, his caring attitude for people - and having him in our golf foresome for many years at IHCC was just precious.

Travis & Diann

Cathy Norcross

June 30, 2020

Dear Nancy, Kenny, Tim, and Chris, and families, Dan and I are heartbroken over the loss of your husband, father, and Papa. Ken was a wonderful, warm, funny man who was loved by everyone. I have been a neighbor for nearly 42 years, and in that time, have come to know the Carlson family as such a great group of people, and Ken was certainly devoted to his family .I was privileged to help Nancy in very small ways the last couple of months with Ken's care and comfort...Nancy, you are a strong and mighty wonder! You are all in our thoughts and prayers. With friendship and love, Cathy and Dan Norcross

Julie Carlson

June 26, 2020

I know my uncle Ken will be sorely missed by ALL his family and the multitude of friends. Great memories from my childhood where he offered in the Mid-60s to take my sisters and I to a Beatles concert- unfortunately our parents said “no”. He played “Santa” for our Christmas Eve celebrations, provided presents, hugs and kisses to all of us “kids”, and gave great presents for us teenagers (bell bottom pants, wide belts etc). Always a fashionista himself, his selection was impeccable. Always a smile, a joke and a cheery conversation with Ken.
I enjoyed when he traveled to Dallas on business and we would get together for dinner and catch up on family memories and current affairs.
Love to Nancy, the boys, their wives and families. He was a great man, and his family made him even greater. Love to you all.

Neil and Marilyn Davis

June 26, 2020

We are sorry for your loss. He will truly be missed.

Sasha Vinson

June 26, 2020

Our hearts are broken for all of you ❤️ Ken was the nicest man, every time we saw him he genuinely was interested in what was going on in our lives and always asked about the kids! I love listening to Ledger & Holland telling us all about how much fun they would have with Papa and how happy they were that he went to their games. I know you are all so proud to hear the amazing stories from everyone and you will all have the best angel watching over you!

Love you guys
The Vinsons

Scott Baker

June 26, 2020

Kenny, I have fond memories of your Dad that all revolve around game-day Saturdays at the Carlson Coliseum with the Dawgs. He was always upbeat; quick with a laugh and a joke that would make me laugh and smile.

You, Tim and Chris, three brothers so different yet so alike. It was always cool to see you three and your Dad together. It was so evident that so much of him is in each of you (and your children), and always will be.

I always enjoyed watching your Mom and Dad interact. You could see their love and friendship. That love has spread throughout your family and will be the foundation of the Carlsons for generations.

I am sorry I could not be at the visitation, but my deepest sympathies and prayers are with you all. The service today was beautiful, and I know your Dad was looking down smiling as his sons made him proud.

Love you guys, Scott

Marc Teitelman

June 25, 2020

I worked for the Carlsons for many of years taking care of their landscape. I have great memories of Mr. Carlson always coming out to talk to me when I was there working. He was a genuine man and always had great stories to tell me. We always strived to win the yard of the month for him and Mrs. Carlson.

Matt Bogdan

June 25, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Nancy and Family for your loss. Ken was my best friend, who I admired for his devotion to family, religion, friends and sports. Ken would light up the room, and his wit and charm would bring happiness and joy to everyone. I will miss him, but never forget the many pleasurable memories . God Bless Love, Matt Bogdan, and family.

Mark and Kristie Contestabile

June 25, 2020

We are keeping the Carlson family in our thoughts and prayers. Ken was a great man and built a great family. His impact on our lives will not be forgotten. We love you!

Lynn T Broadway

June 25, 2020

Our hearts are really hurting for all of your family right now. We were so, so saddened to hear about Ken - he was such a great man and will be missed by so many... He was a loving, caring, life-of-the-party guy who never met a stranger. I know that he adored Nancy, was so, so proud of his “boys” and was a totally doting Papa to all the grands. We have so many wonderful memories of the fun times we all had together and we will always treasure them and each of you. Sending love, hugs and prayers for peace during this difficult time and holding all of you close in our hearts.

Lynn and Ken Broadway