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Clifford L. Dahlman, 99

Clifford Levine Dahlman, 99, of Dassel, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.

He was born Nov. 28, 1911, in Collinwood Township, Meeker County, the son of Olaf W. and Alma Josephine (Holmgren) Dahlman. He grew up in Collinwood Township, and attended the Collins District School. He graduated from the Dassel High School in 1937. Clifford was a lifetime member of Stockholm Lutheran Church, where he was both baptized and confirmed.

On June 3, 1944, Clifford was united in marriage to Alice Elvera Beckstrand at the Beckville Lutheran Church in rural Litchfield. They made their home in the Dassel area, where Clifford farmed and milked cows for more than 80 years.

As an active member of the Stockholm Lutheran Church, Clifford served on the church board, in the Lutheran Brotherhood, and as a Luther League representative.

He had also served on the First District Association Board for 24 years, Stockholm Creamery board, Collinwood Mutual Insurance board, Dassel Nursing Home board, PTA, and as a Collinwood Township supervisor.

Clifford loved to spend time visiting with his family and friends. He was an avid reader, and liked to travel during the summer after the small grain harvest had been taken in.

He loved to tell stories, and could tell the local history of the Dassel and Collinwood area. Clifford enjoyed listening to the radio broadcast of the University of Minnesota Gophers basketball and football games.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities. Family was important to him; he had a great heart and was a man who kept giving.

Clifford will be deeply missed by his family and his friends.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Dahlman of Dassel; children, Yvonne (Sherman) Danielson of Stillwater, Marie (Dennis) Persinger of Kenosha, WI, and Dwight (Jane) Dahlman of Dassel; seven grandchildren, Daren (Amie), Chelon, Nathan (Michele), and Aaron (Karol) Danielson; Melissa Dahlman (Paul) Babers; Alan (Jaclyn) Persinger, and Daniel Persinger; five great-grandchildren Isaiah, Aaliyah, Evan, Scarlett Danielson, and Alec Gilbertson; and numerous other relatives.

Clifford was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings Sophie Nordberg, Lillian Comer, Theodore, Arthur, and Albin Dahlman.

A funeral service took place Monday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Stockholm Lutheran Church in rural Cokato with the Rev. Mark Little officiating. The interment was at the church cemetery.

A visitation took place at the Stockholm Lutheran Church Sunday evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and continued Monday with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials are preferred to the Stockholm Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or the Ecumen (Augustana) of Litchfield Hospice.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel was in charge of the funeral arrangements.