Donald Stanley Dahl
Donald Stanley Dahl
Donald "Don" Stanley Dahl, 79, of Rochester, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at his residence after a lengthy illness.

He was born May 22, 1933, in Lanesboro, to Arthur and Gladys (Erickson) Dahl. He served in the United States Air Force. He retired from IBM in 1987 after 35 years and then drove school bus for the Rochester School System, as well as worked for WT Lighting.

He married Theresa Haggerty on Sept. 28, 1957. He will be laid to rest on what would be their 55th wedding anniversary.

He was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Quarter Century Club at IBM, American Legion Post #92, and Harley Davidson Club, as well as the former Golden Eagles Motorcycle Club. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed riding street and dirt bikes. He enjoyed attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. He raced stock cars for several years and could usually be found in the garage fixing or improving something. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and teaching them how to fix or build something. He was a talented and dedicated family man and provider and was always more concerned about others than himself, never complaining even during all of the struggles he faced with his illness.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa Dahl of Rochester; four children, Lorie (Richard) Gossman, Michael (Tammy) Dahl, Lisa (David) Hansen and Mark (Leigh) Dahl, all of Rochester; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and a soon-to-be born great-grandchild; seven siblings, Duane "Buzzy" Dahl of Pampa, Texas, Patsy Leach of Rockaway, N.J., JoAnn (Robert) Radke of Pine Island, Carolyn Miller (Dave Wing) of Rochester, Richard (Pat) Dahl of Stewartville, Roger (Bev) Dahl of Warrenton, Va., and Robert (Jane) Dahl of Stewartville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Phyllis.

A memorial Mass was celebrated last Friday, Sept. 28, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester, with the Rev. Paul Nelson officiating. Burial with military honors followed at Oakwood Cemetery.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester assisted the family with arrangements.