Chester Dahl, 90, Albert Lea

Published 11:18 am Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Memorial services for Chester Harold Dahl will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Kent Otterman will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by local servicemens organizations. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences are welcome at

Chester died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

Chester Dahl

Chester Harold Dahl was born Oct. 23, 1922, to Carl J. and Hilda M (Olson) Dahl. He was born in Ellendale, and grew up on the family farm near Manchester. Chester attended country school near Manchester and was Lutheran confirmed at Central Freeborn Church. He served his country serving in the United States Army from 1941 to 1945 in Europe, the 2nd Armored Division, “Hell on Wheels.” Chester was awarded many medals including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart with one bronze cluster, the French Normandy Commemorative and the Time Battle Stars. These were acquired from Normandy to Berlin. Chester also served in the honor guard for President Harry Truman for the Big 3 Conference in Berlin. On July 6, 1947, Chester was united in marriage to Jewell L. Steene at First Lutheran Church in Glenville. Chester worked as a farmer and forklift driver for Wilson & Co. for many years. Chester enjoyed remolding houses, including his children’s homes and businesses. He also enjoyed playing cards, socializing with family and friends and hunting and fishing in his youth. Chester enjoyed telling stories and jokes; he could always find a quarter in his granddaughter’s ears! No one was a stranger to Chester, he always made time for people and was always there to help his friends and family.

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Survivors include his wife Jewell; daughters Cynthia Dahl and Deborah Dahl Schwab; daughter-in-law, Gloria M. Dahl; four granddaughters Angelique Ruggles, Hillary Schwab, Grace Schwab and Brazil Dahl; four great-granddaughters; sisters-in-law Donna Dahl, Marvel Dahl and Harriet Fisk; and many special nieces and nephews.

Chester was preceded in death by his two sons Bruce “Hoss” Dahl and Danny H. Dahl; son-in-law Timothy Schwab; brothers Art, John and Omar Dahl; sisters Martha Nelson and Margaret Mouw; sisters-in-law, Charlotte Johnson, Lorriane Dahl and Ruth Sorbo.