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James Dahl

Nov 10, 2009

ESTHERVILLE – Funeral services for James Dahl, 81, of Estherville were held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at Estherville Lutheran Church with Reverend Dr. Ed Ward officiating. Interment was at Estherville Lutheran Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91.

He died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at the Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.

James Daryl Dahl, the son of Thurman and Dorothy (Rowe) Dahl, was born Dec. 24, 1927, in Sioux City.

He graduated from Arnolds Park High School. Following high school, James worked as a greenskeeper and caddy at Brook’s Golf Course. James served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers and was stationed in Germany for 2 1/2years following World War II. He also served during the Korean Conflict.

On Aug. 26, 1950, he was united in marriage to Mavis Hodnefield in Jackson, Minn. After their marriage while James was still in military service, they lived near Fort Carson, Colo. Following his honorable discharge from military service they lived in Spirit Lake for a short time before moving to Estherville in 1952. Jim was employed with P.G. Gray’s and John Morrell Co. until he retired. He was also a custodian for Estherville Lutheran Church and drove truck for Rohlin Construction. Mavis died Aug. 29, 1994.

He was a member of Estherville Lutheran Church and V.F.W. Post 3388 in Estherville. James liked to hunt, fish, camp and was a handy Andy who liked to help family and friends with home repairs and remodels. He enjoyed Minnesota Viking’s Football, Iowa Hawkeye Football and Minnesota Twin’s Baseball. James also enjoyed taking his grandchildren to the annual Butterfield Threshers Event.

Left to cherish James’ memory are his children, Sharon Woodyard and her husband, Don, Gary Dahl and his wife, Brenda, and Jeff Dahl and his wife, Kay, all of Estherville; nine grandchildren, Greg, Kim, Curt, Chad, Chris, Matthew, Stephanie, Braxton and Macy; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and sister, Charlene Tastad and her husband, Ordine, of Sioux City.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents and one brother, Vernon.

On-line condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com.