Arthur Curtis Dahlen, age 92, of Cokato, died suddenly while doing farm chores at his home Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010.
He was born Sept. 10, 1917, on the family farm, the youngest of 10 children born to Herman Johan Dahlen and Emma C. Dahlen, both of Swedish heritage. Art was baptized and confirmed at the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato.
He was a graduate of Cokato High School, where he was sophomore class president and served on the student council for four years, as well as lettering in both football and basketball.
Art lived his entire life on the family farm.
He married Esther Neuhaus of Glencoe Sept. 14, 1941.
With the help of his wife, children, and his brother, George, Art had a dairy operation on the farm. He received recognition for the high butterfat content of milk produced by his herd of Holsteins.
Art served many years on the board of the Cokato Creamery Association, and the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church council.
He enjoyed watching sports, especially the Vikings and Twins, and often listened to amateur and high school sports broadcast on the radio. Art also enjoyed visiting with family and friends, and especially enjoyed a good piece of apple pie with ice cream and coffee.
Art’s mind remained strong even as his body became weaker. He could remember specific details of events which occurred many years ago. Art continued to do many farming tasks, even at advanced age, as he always wanted to be productive.
Art was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; an infant son and infant daughter; his parents; and sisters and brothers.
He is survived by his children, Karen (Tim) Falde of Delano, Linda Dahlen of St. Paul, and David Dahlen of Cokato; grandchildren Jackie (Wade) Brown and Derek Falde; great-grandchildren Jada, Paige, Levi, and Travis; nieces; nephews; and many other family members.
Funeral services took place Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Steven Thorson officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Visitation began at noon Tuesday, preceding the service at the church.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.