Arthur Dahlen

Arthur Keith Dahlen, 84, Luverne, died Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.

A funeral service was Saturday, June 17, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial with military honors followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.

Arthur Dahlen was born Sept. 28, 1932, to Tom and Hanna (Larson) Dahlen in Luverne. He was baptized and confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church in Luverne. He attended Rural District 29 School north of Luverne, and then Luverne High School. In February 1953, Art enlisted in the United States Army and reported to Camp Breckenridge in Kentucky. After serving two full years during the Korean War, he was honorably discharged and returned home to Minnesota.

On June 4, 1955, Art married Donna Mae Albertson in Vukku Lutheran Church near Foxhome. The couple lived  on the Dahlen family farm northeast of Luverne and worked the farm. Art retired from farming in 1985 and the couple moved to Luverne. He began working with Siebenahler Construction in 1987, and then worked with W & N Construction from 1998 to 2010 when he formally retired.

Art was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne where he served as a deacon and board trustee for many years. Art also sang in the church choir. He enjoyed fishing, canoeing, camping and visiting with friends and relatives.

He especially enjoyed scroll saw woodworking with his close friend and mentor, LaVern Kafka.

Art is survived by his wife, Donna, Luverne; five children, Nancy Dahlen and Kariann Sanny, Brooklyn Center; Angie Martin, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Elsa (Steve) Nitz, Rosemount; and Elaine (Tim) Hall, Sioux Falls; a son-in-law, David Carlson, Sioux City, Iowa; thirteen grandchildren, Trevor, Sierra (Sam), Hannah (Theresa), Tori (Travis), Eddie, Paul, Anna (Tyler), Laura, Tommy, Tony, Tucker, Emily, and Mariah (Christian); three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Dahlen, Minneapolis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Lori Carlson in 2010; a granddaughter, Anne Carlson; and a son-in-law, Dave Sanny, in 2014.

Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.

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