Farmer, pilot celebrates 97 years
He was a farmer. He was a pilot. Long time Wolford resident born in Rugby, and now long term care resident, Lynn Carlson celebrated his 97th birthday at the Heart of America Long Term Center in Rugby on February 11. His actual birthday was Monday, February 12.
Carlson was presented on Sunday with a big birthday cake which was specially made with a photograph of his airplane on top. “Wow, look at her,” he exclaimed.
Surrounded by friends and family, they celebrated with Lynn and his wife, Liz. “The picture on top of the cake was a very good choice of gift,” said Debbie Hoffart, his daughter.
“My sister found the picture, and took it to Devils Lake where they imprinted a copy of the photo for dad.”
At 97, Lynn is one happy guy, talking and laughing with his family and appearing to be in great health for somebody that’s almost a centenarian.
Carlson remembered the old days talking about his airplane, and the group of people around Pierce County and Rollette County that all had airplanes. They had an airplane club and use to fly everywhere. “Oh those were good times,” he said.
Carlson has donated tractors and various pieces of equipment to the Prairie Village Museum, and to the Hawk Museum. For his birthday, his daughters took pictures of the tractors and had them framed and put in his room.
“How often do you get to live to hold your great grandson, be still living with your wife at 97, and happy to talk about,” he said.
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