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MAURICE J. DAHL, SR.

May 26, 1927 - June 27, 2013

Maurice 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 – 1956 he served in the United States Army.  On February 16, 1955 he married Avon Hagen at the Burr Oak Lutheran Parsonage.  After returning from the Army they lived, farmed and raised their twelve children on the home farm where they raised dairy and beef cattle, hogs, and chickens. They lived on the farm until recently when they move to the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.  Avon passed away 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.
Maurice passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, Iowa at the age of 86.
Maurice is survived by twelve children Maurice Jr. (Nancy) of Burr Oak, Iowa, Bruce Sr. (Doreen) of Decorah, Iowa, Carol (Sam) Gipple of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Joyce (Randy) Halverson of Calmar, Iowa, Mary Beth (Michael) Whalen of Burr Oak, Iowa, Richard (Kathy) of Burr Oak, Iowa, Sandy (Willie) Lorch of Decorah, Iowa, Leslie of Decorah, Iowa, Jeff (Val) of Elgin, Iowa, Steve, Sr. of Decorah, Iowa, Brian (Laurie) of Ossian, Iowa, and Michael (Carri) of Cresco, Iowa; fifty-three grandchildren; fifty-four great grandchildren; a brother Arnold (Violet) Dahl of Waterloo, Iowa; sister-in-law Norma Dahl of Canton, Minnesota; brother-in-laws 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 will be 2 PM Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Hesper Lutheran Church with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery with military rites by the Mabel American Legion.  Visitation will be noon until the time of the service at the Hesper Lutheran Church.
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