Bruce Hans Carlson, 53, of Cloquet died unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 in his home.

He was born May 2, 1957 in Duluth to Hans and Ione Carlson. Bruce grew up in Piedmont Heights and graduated from Denfeld High School in 1975. He was confirmed and was a former member of Christ Lutheran Church in Duluth.

Bruce was an Army veteran serving in Korea during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

He attended Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College, UMD and received his Bachelor’s degree from UWS in 1996.

He currently was the housing director at FDLTCC where he has worked for more than 10 years. Using himself as an example, Bruce encouraged many young people and adults to stay in school and get a college education.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Fritz; and his niece, Tammy Towns.

He is survived by his children, Alicia (Kenneth) Perry of Carlton, and Eric Carlson of Duluth; two grandchildren Kenny and Atreju Perry; one sister, Bonnie (Greg Dhaemers) Carlson of Superior; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. with a time of sharing at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 in the Fireside Room of the Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St. in Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see

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