Lonnie L. Carlson

Lonny Loyd Carlson, age 54, of Kadoka, South Dakota, died Monday morning, August 13, 2007, in Kadoka.

Lonny Loyd Carlson was born May 12, 1953, in Kadoka, South Dakota, the son of Leonard and Lillian (Erickson) Carlson. He grew up on his parents' ranch northeast of Kadoka, where he attended grade school at South Creek Country School graduating from the eighth grade. He then attended Kadoka High School, graduating in 1971.

Lonny was united in marriage to Tammy O'Bryan Prang on January 3, 1976, and to this union were born three children, Jessy James, Frank James, and Lonnie Jo. Lonny and Tammy ran the Belvidere Bar for many years. Then he lived and worked in Arthur, Nebraska, Howes Corner, and Malta, Montana, working on ranches. He moved to Interior, South Dakota, where he owned and operated the Horseshoe Bar and worked at the Wagon Wheel Bar.

Lonny was united in marriage to Shirley Wilcox on June 7, 1990, in Rapid City, South Dakota. They made their home in Interior.

His lifelong passion was trading horses, pigs, chickens, milk cows, or whatever he had.

He always had a gentle horse he could bring into the bar, and his famous steer "Radar" which he broke to ride in many local parades around the country.

The last nine months he was cared for by his children, grandchildren, and close family members.

He was a very caring and loving dad, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle. Lonny easily made friends with whomever passed through.

Survivors include his wife Shirley Carlson of Interior; two sons Jessy James Carlson and his wife Valerie J. of Belle Fourche, and Frank James Carlson and Euretta Kerns of Minatare, Nebraska; one daughter Lonnie Jo Doney and her husband Gabe of Rapid City; seven step-children; seven grandchildren Colton, Corter and Camden Doney, Cade and Trey Lyle Carlson, and Vesta Jo and Kaktis Charles Carlson; his parents Leonard and Lillian Carlson of Kadoka; four brothers Larry Carlson and his wife Robin of Pierre, Charlie Carlson and his wife Kathleen of Kadoka, Mark Carlson and his wife Tammy of Kadoka, and James Carlson of Kadoka; four sisters Glenda Carlson of Kadoka, Marlene Perault and her husband Mike of Belvidere, Lavonne Leonard and her husband Joe of Cades, South Carolina, and Lesa Addison and her husband Sid of Kadoka; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Lonny was preceded in death by a brother Lenus as a child.

Visitation was held 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Kadoka, and one hour preceding the services at the auditorium on Thursday.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 16, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Gus Craven officiating.

Interment was in the Kadoka Cemetery.

A memorial is established.


Thursday, August 16, 2007 10:00 a.m.

Kadoka City Auditorium

Kadoka, South Dakota


Gus Craven


The Livermont's


Jared Carlson - Colter Carlson

Luke Carlson - John Neumann


Lee Addison - Mike Olney

Alvy Manning - Marv Jira

Ron Tobin - Jerry Sampson


All Relatives and Friends in Attendance


Kadoka Cemetery

Kadoka, South Dakota