|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1917|
|Death: ||Oct. 11, 2000|
Donald Gustav Dahlberg, 83, Rush City, died at his home on October 11, 2000. Donald was born in St. Paul on January 26, 1917, the son of Adolph and Marie (Svensdotter) Dahlberg. His early childhood was spent in St. Paul.
He was confirmed at the Ev. Lutheran Church in Forest Lake in June of 1932 and that same year graduated from eighth grade in Washington County. As a teenager during the depression, Don worked on farms in the Forest Lake area, and it was during this time that he gained a love for farming.
In the late 1930's, Don joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked as a cook in camps in Minnesota and Oregon. He was very proud of his service and always enjoyed returning to those places and reliving the days of the CCC camps.
On April 3, 1941, Don was inducted into the United States Army, serving until January 13, 1946. He was a member of the medical corps, criss-crossing the country on hospital trains assisting wounded and ill soldiers.
Don was united in marriage to the former Evelyn Anderson on Valentine's Day in 1946. They made their first home in St. Paul, and Don began working at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. In 1949 they fulfilled a shared dream and purchased a farm in rural Rush City, residing there for the past 50 years.
Don farmed for many years, and in the mid-60's he went to work at Donavan's in New Brighton, MN Later he painted houses, set grave markers and did other jobs in the Rush City area until his retirement.
During his retirement he enjoyed playing golf, bird watching, fishing, hunting, and caring for his family. He was an avid reader of westerns, always read the St. Paul daily newspaper and loved doing crossword puzzles He and Evelyn enjoyed traveling and made several trips across the United States visiting family members, friends and old army buddies. He loved a good cup of coffee, taking his with cream and sugar, and was always ready to go out for coffee or dinner with friends.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Rush City, seeing all of his six children confirmed there. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans and from 1976 to 1989 served as Commander of the American Legion Post in Rush City. He was also a past member of the Rush City Lions Club.
As a loving husband and father, he made time for his family and helped them in any way he could. He loved talking and joking with his grandchildren, always telling them to "eat your beans." He was dearly loved and certainly will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, children, Jim and Sylvia Olson, Grand Rapids; Judy and Patrick Wells, St. Louis Park,: Darrel and Cheryl Dahlberg, Rush City; Timothy and Carol Dahlberg, Lino Lakes; Kristie and Randy Ziesmer, St. Paul; David and Kelly Dahlberg, Montgomery; grandchildren, Christopher Well, David Olson, Kyle Dahlberg, Jared Dahlberg, Julie Saxton, Debra Dahlberg, Jeanne Freichels, Jennifer Dahlberg, Cynthia Thrippleton, Jacqueline Dahlberg, Dianna Miller, David Ziesmer, Brian Ziesmer, Charles Ziesmer; great grandchildren, Robbie, Kelsey, Anthony, Andrew, Ashley, Alyssa, Amanda, Peter, Kaitlyn, Kaitlen, Will, Rachel, Elizabeth, Autumn, and Andrew Don Dahlberg; brothers, Verner and his wife, Arlene, Dahlberg, Rush City; Bill and his wife Shirley, Dahlberg, West St. Paul; sisters-in-law, Evelyn and Dorothy Dahlberg; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Marie Dahlberg, brothers, Ben and Len Dahlberg, and sister, Vivian Cook.
Funeral services was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000 at First Lutheran Church in Rush City with the Rev. Laurie O'Shea officiating. Organist was Diane Kirchberg and soloist was Nancy Moulton, Honorary casket bearers were Chet Parrish, Bob Booth, Bud Ertz, Myron Olson, John Turok, Vern Dahlberg, Wendell Johnson, Bill Dahlberg. Casket bearers were Don's grandchildren. Military rites were presented by the Grothe-Jacobson VFW Post 6692 and American Legion Post #93. Burial was at the Mission Covenant Cemetery in Rush City.
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SOURCE: Pine City Pioneer, Oct. 19, 2000
MN Birth Index record:
Dohlberg, Donald Gustof
Date of Birth: 26 Jan 1917
Mother Maiden Name: Swenson
County of Birth: Ramsey
MN Death Index record:
DAHLBERG, DONALD GUSTAV
Date of Birth: 26 Jan 1917
Place of Birth: MINNESOTA
Mother Maiden Name: SVENSDOTTER
Date of Death: 11 Oct 2000
County of Death: CHISAGO
Adolph B. Dahlberg (1887 - 1947)
Marie Swenson Dahlberg (1884 - 1927)
Donald Gustof Dahlberg (1917 - 2000)
Bernard Rudolph Dahlberg (1919 - 1989)*
SGT US ARMY
WORLD WAR II
Created by: Robert John Chudek
Record added: Jul 31, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28693931