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Stanley Donald Dahlman

Stanley Donald Dahlman, age 82 of Cokato, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at his residence.

Services were conducted Jan. 2 at Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, with the Revs. Jack Torgersen, Dan Swanson and John Peterson, and George Dahlman officiating.

Music was by Karen Anderson, Craig and Lori Dahlman, the Stockholm choir, and granddaughters, Rachel, Pam, Emily and Jennifer. Interment was at Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery.

Casket bearers were George Dahlman, Steven Dahlman, Kevin Dahlman, Mark Dahlman, Duane Dahlman, and Craig Dahlman. Honorary bearers were the Cokato bus drivers.

Stanley was born April 12, 1923, in Collinwood Township, rural Dassel, to Albin and Frieda (Zeppelin) Dahlman. He was baptized April 29 1923, at his parents’ home by the Rev. Swan Johnson. Ted and Clare Dahlman were his godparents. He was confirmed May 23, 1937 at Stockholm Lutheran Church by the Rev. Gottfrid Carlson.

Stanley attended Steelsville and Collins country schools, graduating from eighth grade in 1936, and from Dassel High School in 1940.

Following graduation, he farmed with his father and neighbors until being drafted into the US Army in January 1946. He was stationed in Okinawa until his honorable discharge Dec. 6, 1946.

Stanley married Hazel Holm at Stockholm Lutheran Church Aug. 10, 1948. The purchased a farm and moved to rural Cokato Township in 1951, farming there until Stanley’s retirement in 1988.

He established Stanley Dahlman Seeds, which was renamed Dahlco Seeds in 1980. Following his retirement, Stanley served as a school bus driver for Cokato Transportation from 1988 to 2005, safely and cheerfully transporting hundreds of children on Bus 4 to and from school, as well as on many field trips.

Stanley loved the Lord, the land and his family.

He was a man of deep faith, and a lifelong member of Stockholm Lutheran Church, where he served as Sunday school teacher and superintendent, choir member, church treasurer, and council member. He especially enjoyed leading the little children in songs of praise and joy.

He was active in civic and community organizations, including the Cokato Creamery Board, Cokato Township Board, Unity Mutual Insurance Board, Temperance Corner School Board, Cokato Shipping Association Board, and as a state fire warden for 15 years.

Stanley and his wife were named Wright County Farm Family of the Year in 1987. Dahlco Seeds Received the Premier Seedsman Award in 1996, and Stanley was named a WCCO Good Neighbor in 1998.

Next to his favorite recliner, the wood shop was his favorite place. He spent many hours there, creating and repairing beautiful pieces of furniture for family, friends, organizations, and community members. He also enjoyed bowling and horseshoes.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel; children, George (Janet), Steven (Helen, Susan (James) Vermilya, Karen (Jeff) Aslakson, Kevin (Nancy), Mark, Duane (Tammi), Craig (Lori), and Amy (Rick) Schultz; 18 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He is further survived by other family members including Dorothee Holm, Louise (Dan) Swenson, Clifford and Alice Dahlman; Myrtle Zeppelin, Lawerence Holm, Jean Holm, Doris (Jack) Rathman, Esther (Rod) Turnquist, Ruth Dahlman, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harvey; and two brothers-in-law, John Holm and Francis Holm.

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