FAIRMONT - Services for Robert L. Dahl, 82, of Fairmont, will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, with visitation from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services. Burial with full military honors will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, in St. Olaf Cemetery south of Grantsburg, Wis. A lunch at Bethany Lutheran Church will follow.
Robert passed peacefully into eternity Wednesday morning, March 27, 2013, at his home. Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Robert LaVerne Dahl was born April 13, 1930, at his grandparents' home in Polk County, Wis., the son of Franz William and Elfie Eleanor (Fors) Dahl. Bob received his education in Grantsburg, Wis., and graduated from Grantsburg High School in 1948. On April 5, 1949, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country proudly on the USS Steinaker during the Korean War. On Feb. 6, 1953, Bob received his honorable discharge and returned home to Wisconsin. He attended UW-Madison for a semester, then transferred to Madison Vocational College. During the summers, he worked on the big boats at Superior as a Merchant Marine. After graduating as a radio-electronics-television technician in 1956, he moved to Boscobel, Wis., where he worked as a service technician for Haney's Appliances for 16 years. On June 14, 1957, Bob was united in marriage to Florence A. Peterson in Wisconsin, at the Trade Lake Baptist Church. Together, the couple made their home in Boscobel, where they were blessed with four children: Candace, Kevin, Patty and Diane. In 1973, Bob moved his family to Fairmont, Minn., and began working for 3M, where he soon became a maintenance supervisor. He would continue working there for the next 20 years, retiring in 1994. Bob was active in the Bethel Evangelical Free Church and willingly volunteered his skilled hands with building projects. In his spare time, Bob enjoyed reading, working on crossword puzzles, solitaire on the computer, bowling, and his skill as a handyman is well known. He looked forward to quiet time spent out on the lake fishing and his love of the outdoors included the joy of hunting. In 1988, he and Florence purchased a home on South Silver Lake and spent 16 wonderful years there. His greatest joy was being able to spend time with his children and grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 55 years, Florence Dahl of Fairmont, Minn.; children, Candace (John) Schulz, Kevin (JoLynn S.) Dahl, Patty (Jay) Meacham, and Diane (Jeff) Wright; six grandchildren, Ben, Rebekah, Hannah, Daniel, Elisha, and Noah; two step-grandsons, Joshua and David; sisters, Marilyn Watrud, Carol (Jim) Dahl, and Mary Lou (Ivan) Marier; nine sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, F. William and Elfie Dahl; a grandson, Abraham (2004); and two brothers, Myrland Dahl and Gerald Dahl.