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Celebration of Life

Hartland Evangelical Lutheran Church
Saturday January 20th, 2018

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Thomas Edward Dahl

A Celebration of Life for Thomas E. Dahl, age 77, of Albert Lea, will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home.  Rev. Jack Dahl will officiate. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Tom passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Thomas Edward Dahl was born November 10, 1940 in Albert Lea, the son of Kenneth and Adeline (Peterson) Dahl.  He graduated from Albert Lea High School where he enjoyed playing trumpet in the high school swing band.  Following graduation, Tom went to work for the railroad for two years before becoming employed by Streaters in Albert Lea.  Tom continued his education in Austin in night school to become a tool and die maker.  He then joined that department at Streaters until his retirement in 2009. On August 9, 1986, Tom was united in marriage to Lynda Wilcox at Christ Episcopal Church in Albert Lea. Tom was a member of the Ram Rods Car Club in his early years and had a life-long interest in old cars.  He was a member of the Eagles Club for many years.  Tom took many trips to Virginia, MN to visit family and on to Lake Kabetogama to relax and fish.  Later, he took several trips to the Black Hills of South Dakota where he loved seeing the sights and visiting with family there.  Tom was a quiet, humble man who could spend hours tending his vegetable gardens at Community Gardens and many flowers at home.  He enjoyed attracting birds, especially chickadees to his feeders and watching them year-round out the window.  Tom also loved to cook, play games with family, and stopping to catch the sunset in the evening wherever he was.  He was a kind and gentle man who will be deeply missed by those who loved him.

Tom is survived by his wife, Lynda, two sons from a previous marriage, Blane (Chris) Dahl of Vienna, VA and Brent Dahl of Albert Lea; grandchildren, Ethan and Anna Dahl of Albert Lea; brother-in-law, Frank Wilcox (Deb Harpel) of Albert Lea; sisters-in-law, Lynel (Gary) Deyo of Austin, MN and Lynae (Mike) Anderson of Rapid City, SD; nieces and nephews, Lissa McKnight, Allan Carey, Breonna (Eric) Laden, Mic (Angela) Wilcox, Tyler Wilcox, Amy Rye, and Ben Anderson; and many great-nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Adeline.

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Ollie - I never would have made it through Albert Lea High School without band and you were my bandmate and best buddy, both in Cap Emmons classes and in the swing band. We had a blast. Tearing apart old cars with you was also one of the joys of growing up in Albert Lea. You will always be in my thoughts and memories of the Class of 1959. R.I.P.

Bart de Malignon Jan 20 2018 12:00 AM

Lynda, my most sincere sympathies to you. I miss visiting with you two at Casa Zamora! I pray you both find peace. Amy Stoneback

Amy Stoneback Jan 18 2018 12:00 AM

Oh Linda, I was so sorry to read about Tom's passing. He was such a wonderful man. I've been thinking about what I wanted to say, this is what came to mind first. I remember, so well, all the Friday nights I spent bartending at The Cubby Hole, every so often, you and Tom would come in to help me pass the time and have a couple of quiet beers, oh how I enjoyed those conversations! Do you remember telling me about getting those two goldfish? You named yours Hamlet, and when you asked Tom what he wanted to name his, he replied, "Oh, I don't care." (I can still hear him), so, to get back at him you said, "I named his fish, Omelet!" You always complimented each other so well, you were animated and enthusiastic, Tom was quiet, sweet and, mild mannered. I don't think I ever heard him raise his voice. I'm sorry for your loss, for everyone's loss who had the pleasure of knowing him. My deepest condolences my friend.

Lynnette Cash Jan 18 2018 12:00 AM

I am sooo sorry for your loss. Tommy was a GREAT guy...always so soft spoken. I will never forget Lynda you and Tom meeting...those sure were some fun times. RIP my friend.

Pam Rippentrop_Bratten Jan 17 2018 12:00 AM

Lynda and family. Please accept our deepest condolences at Tom's passing. Your family has been a part of mine forever. I treasure our visits at the fair with you , Tom , my mom and myself . Please know Lynda that you are in our prayers. Brent, Ken and I send our deepest sympathy at the passing of your father. He was a good man.

Georgiann Quinn Jan 17 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Dahl

Ken and Georgiann Quinn Jan 17 2018 12:00 AM

Anyone who likes chickadees will be missed by many. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die.

Al Batt Jan 17 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Dahl

Dave and Judy Kelley Jan 16 2018 12:00 AM

Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Dave and Judy Kelley

Dave and Judy Kelley Jan 16 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Dahl

Dennis & Sandy Fredrickson Jan 16 2018 12:00 AM