Robert J. Dahlin, age 80, of Victoria, passed away at home from complications of lung cancer Tuesday, June 9, 2009.
He was born in Cokato, and graduated from Cokato High School.
After seeing an index card on a bulletin board stating that the Army was recruiting members for its intelligence department, he took a test, passed, and served two years as a CIC agent during the Korean War.
He returned to Minnesota, where he earned a degree in business from the University of Minnesota and began his professional career with Northwestern Mutual Life.
In the early 1970s, he teamed up with former state senator and real estate developer Henry T. McKnight to work on the development of Jonathan, MN, a planned community, now flourishing as part of Chaska.
Robert spent time with the Opus Corporation, where he held various executive positions for over 22 years. He also served as the president of his own company, RJ Properties, for 35 years.
A staunch supporter of education, Bob served on the Waconia School Board from 1966 to 1970, and oversaw an expansion of the public high school and renovation of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Waconia during his term as chairman. He was also instrumental in the effort to build and design Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, and in the expansion and remodeling of St. Victoria’s Catholic Church a few years ago.
Bob loved golf and was a member at Island View Country Club in Waconia for over 40 years, and served on the board of governors of the Hazeltine National Golf Club for over 30 years. His other pastimes included woodworking and reading.
Bill’s wisdom, vision, and strength will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by Jeanne, his wife of 55 years; children, Deborah (Gary) Kreimeyer; John (Jane) Dahlin; Anne (Pierre) Martinez; Mark (Tracy) Dahlin; Amy (Addison) Dahlin; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; and siblings and in-laws, Richard (Joanne) Dahlin; Katherine (Sydney) Wright; Maxine (Jim) Christ; and Dolores (Richard) Keefe.
A funeral Mass took place Friday, June 12 at 11 a.m. in the Historic Church of St. Victoria in Victoria, with a reviewal preceding the Mass beginning at 10 a.m.
Memorials may be sent to Ridgeview Foundation (Hospice Services), Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, or St. Victoria Catholic Church.
Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.