Maurice J. Dahl, Sr., 86, of rural Decorah, died Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

He was born May 26, 1927, on the farm in Hesper Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa, to Bert and Caroline (Stenkjar) Dahl. He attended the Rotvold School in Hesper Township.

From 1954 to 1956 he served in the United States Army.

On Feb. 16, 1955, he married Avon Hagen at the Burr Oak Lutheran Parsonage. After returning from the Army they lived, farmed and raised their 12 children on the home farm where they raised dairy and beef cattle, hogs and chickens.

They lived on the farm until recently when they moved to the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel. Mrs. Dahl died June 13, 2013.

He was a life member of the Hesper Lutheran Church and enjoyed his family, taking pictures, fishing, listening to old country music, going for Sunday drives, old two-cylinder John Deere tractors, Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days and his cat, Max.

Mr. Dahl is survived by 12 children, Maurice, Jr., (Nancy) of Burr Oak, Bruce, Sr., (Doreen) of Decorah, Carol (Sam) Gipple of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Joyce (Randy) Halverson of Calmar, Iowa, Mary Beth (Michael) Whalen of Burr Oak, Richard (Kathy) of Burr Oak, Sandy (Willie) Lorch of Decorah, Leslie of Decorah, Jeff (Val) of Elgin, Iowa, Steve, Sr., of Decorah, Brian (Laurie) of Ossian, Iowa, and Michael (Carri) of Cresco, Iowa; 53 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; a brother, Arnold (Violet) Dahl of Waterloo, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Norma Dahl, of Canton; brothers-in-law, Burnell (Terri) Nelson of Michigan and Ardis (Sharon) Nelson of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Avon; a granddaughter, Brianna Dahl in 2006; a sister, Helen Selness; and four brothers, Melvin, Bernard, Sverre, Sr., and Hildus.

Funeral services were held last Saturday at the Hesper Lutheran Church with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial was in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery with military rites by the Mabel American Legion.

Arrangements were entrusted to Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel.