Allen “Al” W. Dahlin, age 79

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Albany

August 29, 1934 – May 3, 2014

                  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon for Allen “Al” W. Dahlin who died Saturday at the St. Cloud Hospital.  The Rev. Blane Wasnie, O.S.B. will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery.  Friends and relatives may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and 1 hour prior to services Wednesday at the church in Avon.  Parish prayers will be at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the church.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Avon.

                  Al was born Aug. 29, 1934 in Meeker County to Alfred and Maggie (Wortz) Dahlin.  He married his high school sweetheart, Alma Schmidt, on Aug. 1, 1953 at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Luxemburg.  Al started working in the grocery business at the age of 17 and continued with his purchase of Dahlin’s Supermarket in Avon. He was proud to be family owned. After his retirement from Dahlin’s Supermarket, Al started driving for Executive Express; he loved his job because he could shoot the breeze while staying busy.  Al and Alma enjoyed playing daily cribbage games and traveling; making it to all 50 states in their motorhome.  He was a man of many ideas; and was not afraid to try new things. He taught his children to get involved in their community. Al started many community activities for his children; Swedish Festival in Cambridge, women’s volleyball in Avon, Chamber of Commerce of Avon, and Spunktacular Days. He was sarcastic and quick witted, but everyone’s friend when they needed one.  Family meant the world to Al, and he often showed his love by supporting his family. He will be dearly missed.

                  He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Alma of Albany; children, Daniel of Avon, Michael (Victoria) of Braham, Jacqueline Dahlin Girard of Albany, JoAnn “Joi” (Gary) Schommer of St. Cloud, Christopher (Susan) of Thief River Falls, Robin “Rob” (Amy) of Japan; 13 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, greatly anticipating the birth of his 18th great-grandchild; and 11 step-great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Margaret and Elizabeth; and brother, Melvin.

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