Donald G. Dahlen

August 26, 1930 ~ June 17, 2018 (age 87)

Rio – Donald G. Dahlen, age 87, completed his earthly journey and joined his wife to dance eternally on June 17, 2018. Don, or “DD” to many, was born August 26, 1930 in Rosholt, WI to Obert & Louise Dahlen.  He was preceded in death by both of his brothers, Orville and Harley.

After joining the Air Force and serving in the Korean War, Don returned home and married Doris McFarlane on August 6, 1955.  His life-long dance partner preceded him in death in 2009. Together they had five children:  Sandra (Harlan) Vangen, Barbara Dahlen, Scott Dahlen, Amy (Cary) Walker and a son Paul who died as an infant.  He was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.  Don also leaves behind a special friend, Marilyn Smith.

Don loved to bowl during the winter months and during warmer weather you would often find him on the golf course.  He also enjoyed a good card game with his friends and family.

Don loved to travel.  During discussions of his trips he would often pull out one of his many maps so he could show you his destination or the route he took to get there.  Because he was stationed at Tempelhof Air Base during the Korean War, a favorite destination was Germany. 

Don was a member of the Rio American Legion for 63 years and the commander of the Rio Post for 12 of them.  In May of 2018, he was proudly recognized at the Honor Flight coming home celebration at the Madison Airport.

To our father, uncle, grandfather and friend…

“From this valley they say you are leaving
We shall miss your bright eyes and sweet smile
For you take with you some of the sunshine
That has brightened our pathway a while”

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, July 1st at Faith Bible Church at N4777 Elm Street, Rio, WI.  Visitation starts at 1:00 p.m. with service to start at 2:00.  Don will be laid to rest with full military honors at the Ohio Cemetery on Cemetery Road in Rio at 3:00 p.m.  A meal will be served at the church following.

A sincere “thank you” to Heartland Hospice and The Larson House of Columbus staff for the love, care and attention you gave our “Dear Ol’ Dad”.  We request any memorials be made to the charity of your choice. Thank you to Grasse Funeral Home of Rio for assisting us.




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