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Howard Dahlen

Howard Dahlen

April 14, 1939-May 31, 2014

Howard L. Dahlen, 75, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, May 31, 2014 of complications from Alzheimer's Disease.

Howard was born to Hans and Lucile (Danielson) Dahlen on April 14, 1939 in Milnor, N.D. When Howard was 10 years old, his mother died. He and his older brother and younger sister and brother were raised by their father.

Howard graduated from Milnor High School in 1957 and from Valley City State College in 1964. He then taught at Lincoln and Washington elementary schools in Detroit Lakes until retiring in 1997. Before college he worked as a carpenter, on a railroad section crew, in a lumberyard, and for the U.S. Forestry Service in Idaho.

On March 19, 1965, Howard married Gloria Moxness at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Milnor. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes.

Howard was devoted to his family, was a loyal friend, and was quietly comfortable with himself. He also truly wanted all of his students to be successful. He liked hard physical work, especially outdoors, but also knew how to relax and enjoy his many hobbies. He was an unselfish, compassionate caregiver to family and friends, beginning with his mother during her illness.

Surviving Howard are his wife Gloria; sons, Paul (Jane) of Rochester, Minn., and David (Carissa) of Eagan, Minn.; grandsons, Peter, Philip and Andrew, of Rochester; and granddaughters, Brenna and Shayne, of Eagan; brothers, Jadie (Margie) of Fergus Falls and Orvis (Reta) of Long Prairie; and a sister, Helen (Charles) Busche of Bismarck, N.D.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 9 in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Milnor. Friends and family are invited. There will be a time of fellowship in the church following the committal.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes