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Donald Russell "Don" Dalen
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Birth: Jun. 21, 1921
Chippewa County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Dec. 31, 2012
Isanti County
Minnesota, USA

Donald Russell 'Don' Dalen, 91, of Cambridge, died on Mon, Dec 31, 2012, at his home. He was born Jun 1, 1921, in Milan, MN, to Eddie and Pearl (Nordgren) Dalen. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Brent LeBlanc, and sister-in-law Helen Dalen. Don grew up in Milan where he attended grade school and graduated from Milan High School in 1939. After high school he enlisted in the National Guard and in Aug, 1940, he enlisted in the US Army. He served during World War II, active in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater. Don earned the Purple Heart, and The Bronze Star Medal for his service. He was honorably discharged in Aug, 1945. After the military, Don would come to Cambridge where he worked at the grocery store that his parents opened. While in Cambridge he met Dorothy Ahrens. On Dec 24, 1946, Don and Dorothy were married at the Cambridge Lutheran Church. They made their home in Cambridge, raising two children. Don and Dorothy eventually took over the grocery business, Cambridge Food Store and operated for many years. In 1970 they sold the grocery store and Don went to work for the City of Cambridge, retiring after several years. In his retirement, Don volunteered as a school crossing guard for the Cambridge Schools; happily greeting all the children as they came to and left from school as well as waving to all the cars that drove by during his shift. Don was a longtime member of Cambridge Lutheran Church, the Cambridge American Legion, and Isanti VFW. He served several years on the Legion Color Guard and was also past commander of Legion Post #290. He enjoyed dancing, hunting, fishing, playing cards, horseshoes, and traveling. He and Dorothy especially enjoyed their trips to Hawaii and Mexico. Don is survived by his wife Dorothy, daughter Lana Nyblom (Gary Kleven) of Lino Lakes, son Jim and wife Deb Dalen of Cambridge, six grandchildren Darwin Dalen, Jamie (Shannon) Dalen, Jeff (Taryn) Nyblom, Jason Nyblom (Jessica Treichel), Cary LeBlanc, Bradley (Nicole) Lenzen, eight great grandchildren Ashley Nyblom, Glenn, Tucker, and Oliver Dalen, Nicholas and Ryan Nyblom, Isabella and Kellen Lenzen, brother Pat Dalen of Cambridge, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A Memorial Service was held on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at Cambridge Lutheran Church with Rev. David Everett officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Donn Fredlund, accompanied by Mary Kay O'Neill sang 'In The Garden' and 'The Old Rugged Cross'. Honorary pallbearers were Darwin Dalen, Jeff Nyblom, Jamie Dalen, Jason Nyblom, Bradley Lenzen, Cary LeBlanc, Glenn Dalen, Tucker Dalen, Oliver Dalen, Nicholas Nyblom, Ryan Nyblom, Ashley Nyblom, Isabella Lenzen, Kellen Lenzen and Kylie Olander. Flag presentation by the Cambridge American Legion. Interment will be at a later date at the Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery with Military Honors. Arrangements were with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge. 
Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery
Isanti County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: R E Sheppard
Record added: Jan 02, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103018388
Donald Russell Don Dalen
Added by: R E Sheppard
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