Dahlen, Ronald E. age 70, of Eden Prairie departed this earth on Friday, November 30th, 2012 following a year-long journey with cancer. He was born in Albert Lea, MN to parents, Adrian and Dorothy Dahlen on February 10th, 1942. Ron had an exceptional history of unique accomplishments. With a natural gift of speed, Ron was a standout performer in football and frequent record setter in track while attending both Albert Lea High School and St. Olaf College. Through ROTC, Ron acquired a private pilot's license while still in college and went on to fly in the United States Air Force. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam flying B-52s and, in addition to five Air Medals, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After years in the service, Ron entered the automotive industry as a regional manager for NAPA and spent the last 20+ years working for Bridgestone Firestone. Ron enjoyed a lifetime of excellent health, virtually never missing a day of work throughout his career. As a history, fishing and golf enthusiast, Ron had many interests. Above all else, love for his family was always Ron's primary focus. Beloved husband to his high school sweetheart, Carol, loving father to Eric (and wife Jeanne), Diana, Jason (and wife Jennifer) and Curtis (and wife Ashley) Dahlen, adoring grandpa to Jordan, Samantha and Sydney Dahlen. Ron is also survived by his brother, Tom Dahlen, and brothers-in- law, John and David Rasmussen, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 5th from 4:30-7 pm at Huber Funeral Home 16394 Glory Lane, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 and at Maple Grove Covenant Church starting at 10 AM on Thursday. Funeral service will be Thursday, December 6th at 10:30 AM at Maple Grove Covenant Church, 9350 Upland Lane North, Maple Grove, MN 55369 (763) 494-3233. Burial service will be Thursday, December 6th at 2:15 PM at Fort Snelling Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ron's name to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research (www.jimmyv.org) or the Maple Grove Covenant Church. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Eden Prairie Chapel 952-949-4970 www.huberfuneals.com
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.