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Irven R. Dalen

Aug 6, 2009

GRAETTINGER – Funeral services for Irven R. Dalen, 86, of Graettinger will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 10, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger with pastors Barbara Jewell and Lori Westfall officiating. Military graveside rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville and Nelson Christensen Post 162 American Legion of Graettinger at Valley View Cemetery in Graettinger.. He died Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at the church in Graettinger.

Irven Richard Dalen the son of Ingvald and Jeanetta (Mallmunger) Dalen was born April 20, 1923, in Ruthven.

Irv attended country schools at Lost Island and Graettinger. He then served in the United States Navy during World War II, receiving two Purple Hearts.

On June 4, 1947, he was united in marriage to Margaret Westergard at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Graettinger. Irv had the Allis Chalmer Implement Dealership in Estherville for over 20 years. He enjoyed bowling, golf, fishing, traveling and especially spending time with his family.

Irven was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW and Disabled American Veterans.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Margaret of Graettinger; children, Irlan Dalen and his wife, Terry of Estherville; Francene Johnson and her husband, James of Sheldon; Larry Dalen of San Diego, Calif.; Jerry Dalen of Estherville; Rodney Dalen of Estherville; Marlene Nitchals and her husband, Daniel of Mason City; Ivan Dalen and his wife, Denise of Graettinger; Brenda Moore and Dennis of Wallingford; 18 grandchildren, Aaron (Kristi) Johnson; April (Jerry) Goebel; Jody Dalen; Jason Dalen; Haley and Logan Dalen; Sarah and Samantha Nitchals; Stephanie, Michael, Tyler, and Kyle Dalen; Jessica (Mikkel) Mortel; Jennifer and Joe Moore; seven great-grandchildren, Dylan, Morgan, Shelby, Hannah, Isaac, Claire and Caitlyn; brother, Alvin Dalen and his wife, Bonnie of Graettinger; sister, Agnes Aanonson of Rifle, Colo.; brothers and sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

He has been preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Arnold, Kenneth, Einer, Leslie; one sister, Clara Rolfson, infant twin sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Disabled American Veterans or Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger.