|Russell H. Dahleen, 92 of Galesburg, died May 24, at 2:41 AM Monday in Rosewood Care Center.
He was born November 4, 1917 in Galesburg, the son of Hans and Hilma Swenson Dahleen. He married Audrey Knotts on December 20, 1952 in Creston, Ia..
He is survived by his wife Audrey, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, several nephews and nieces, including Patricia Smith of Galesburg and two godchildren, Jessica Staple and Matthew (Morgan) Porter. He was preceded in death by his parents, two half-sisters, two half-brothers, and several nieces and nephews.
Russell graduated from Galesburg High School in 1936 and the Hemphill Diesel School in Los Angeles, Ca.. He was a WWII Veteran serving as a sergeant in the 79th Infantry Division and participated in the Utah Beach Landing, receiving the Bronze Star. After service time in France he went to Manilla, Phillipines as a member of the Chemical Warfare Unit.
Russell worked for the former Victor Casket Hardware Company and later for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier.
He was a life member of the First Lutheran Church where he served for many years as an usher, on the church council, member of various committees, and the bowling team. He was a member of the Galesburg Noon Lions Club, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, National Association of Letter Carriers, James D. Shea Branch #88, and the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285.After retirement he spent several years as a volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Meals on Wheels at Cottage Hospital.
During his life time Russell enjoyed playing baseball and tennis, bowling, chess, stamp collecting, traveling and attending Elderhostels.
Funeral service will be 10 AM Thursday May 27, 2010 in First Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery with military rites by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285. Visitation will be 5-7 PM Wednesday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel.
Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.