Donald O. Dahly, 90, Riceville

--Dahly Donald front cover scan 2Donald O. Dahly, age 90, Riceville, Iowa passed away at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa surrounded by his family on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 20, at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Charles City, Iowa with Rev. Jane Keel and Rev. Linda Prestholt officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lime Springs, Iowa.

Donald was born in York, Minn. on June 6, 1924, the only child to Laura (March) and Ole Dahly. Donald was baptized at Saetersdal Lutheran Church near their family farm northeast of Lime Springs, Iowa. He was confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lime Springs. His family purchased a farm south of LeRoy, Minn. and that is where his father passed away suddenly in 1940. Donald continued to farm and support his mother. He met and married Lois Heins in 1947. To this union were born a daughter, Lavonne, and a son, Joe (Jerry). They later divorced. In 1979 he married Irma Hobson at Messiah Lutheran Church in Charles City, Iowa.

Donald farmed until he retired. He was also a trucker and mechanic. He enjoyed working on cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors and anything with a motor. He enjoyed rebuilding cars and was a great repairman. He worked at the Oliver Plant in Charles City and Lenz Implement in Riceville. He drove school bus for Riceville Schools. He was a trustee in his church for many years.

Donald had many hobbies. He enjoyed working on and watching stock car races, NASCAR, tractor pulls, steam engine shows and motorcycle hill climbs, to name a few. Family and friends will miss his life lessons, his humor, his hobbies, his collections, conversations about cars, roadtrips, his stories and going to coffee with him. His Norwegian friends will miss going to lutefisk church dinners with him. They will also miss his ever encouraging favorite phrase “hang in there.”

Donald is survived by his wife Irma of Riceville; daughter, Lavonne (Edward) Byrnes of Osage, Iowa; son, Joe (Jerry) Dahly of Riceville; grandsons, Joshua (Colleen) Byrnes of Osage, Jonathan (Dani) Byrnes of Osage, Cameron (Rachel) Byrnes of Clear Lake, Iowa and Collin Byrnes of Rochester, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Braden, Nolan, Liam, Scarlett, and Oliver Byrnes; four stepchildren, Cathy Christensen of Boone, Iowa, Ellis (Pam) Hobson of Riceville, Bruce Hobson of Protivin, Iowa and Patty Kelner and Dale of Austin, Minn; 15 step-grandchildren; and 26 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Lawrence Roe; and a stepson-in-law, Gary Christensen.


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