Carl E. Robson, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at West Center Baptist Church in Madison with the Rev. John Baronic officiating. Burial with military honors is at Lake Park Cemetery in rural Rutland. Vistiation begins at 4 p.m. today with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Ellsworth Funeral Home. Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at the church.
Carl E. Robson was born June 14, 1926, at Madison, to Ed and Doris (Wakeman) Robson. He attended Orland Grade School and graduated from Orland High School. Carl joined the US Navy and served four years during World War II. He was proud of his service to his country and instilled the love of his country to his children. Carl married Iola Scholl at Pipestone, Minn., on Sept. 7, 1948. They recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.
Carl worked as a mechanic and had his own shop, Carl’s Garage. He sold the garage and become an instructor of mechanics at Lake Area Vocational-Technical School in Watertown. He became a sales man for Sun Electric, selling testing and automotive equipment for 17 years before retiring.
Carl was co-founder, owner and operator of Lake County Speedway for many years. He involved his family in the operation of the speedway including driving race cars. After retirement, he became active in the boys’ sports including coaching baseball and attending football and basketballs games.
He participated in bowling on the Rockin’ R Bowling Team with his brother Frank and his sons. Carl was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved riding horses.
Carl was a member of the Madison VFW and Wentworth American Legion, the Lake Herman Isaac Walton Club. In 2006, he was inducted into the Madison Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He was a member of the West Center Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Iola of Madison; six children, Sandra (Earl) Benson of Watertown, Carolyn Quenzer of Star Prairie, Wis., Steven Robson of Madison, Dale Robson of Omaha, Neb., Richard (Teresa) Robson of Sioux Falls and Greg (Lisa) Robson of Madison; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson and one brother, Gordon (Joanne) Robson of Circle Pine, Minn.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Willis and Frank Robson.