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November 02, 2011
On October 4, 2011, Ken Dahlberg, my Dad, greased another landing. It was night but the dawn was coming on the horizon. The clear sky was full of stars in their constellations, like angels in formation watching in anticipation. As he began his approach his instrument panel glowed brightly, accentuating that familiar gleam in his eye. He smiled. Suddenly, the radio crackled, "N151KD, you are cleared for landing, well done thou good and faithful servant."
That gleam in his eye. That smile when he saw you. It's the immediate impression in my mind when I think of him. His optimism, his courage, his kindness, and his resilience. He made dogged determination look easy. He disarmed his adversaries with a smile and a quip, always a comeback. He comforted his family with his obvious affection.
I think he loved his family more than airplanes, but it was probably close sometimes. He loved business almost as much as airplanes. I think he loved golf, but I'm not sure why. I think he just loved all the people that came along with these things. He enjoyed his life, and you could tell.
So, one is very fortunate to have Ken Dahlberg as his father and I am very mindful and appreciative of that. Perhaps most important was learning the sense of fulfillment that comes from creating something. He knew how to do that.
He always had a vision, and knew if he just took just one step foreword, he'd already be ahead of everyone else. His trademark leadership imperative meant getting there first and maximizing your position. Actually knowing exactly what you're doing was not a prerequisite as long as most thought you might know where you're going and the vision was clear. The details could be sorted out once momentum was established. A special thanks to all those detail sorter outers who helped along the way
A persistent man, he had a dream for a better life for his family and those around him. He fought for this right to succeed, and then he fought through obstacles and setbacks until his better idea became a reality. All the while formulating another big idea.
In all my ventures, his gems of wisdom have guided me. I will never forget his essential influence in all I've accomplished. Indeed, I impart these on a regular basis to my protégés. So many times I find myself saying or writing to them, “My Dad used to tell me…”
There were times when things were down and prospects looked bleak. “Well, you can't fall out of the basement.” He'd say. “Start where you are.” was his advise, always looking forward and not dwelling on the past.
“There is nothing more powerful than an idea in motion” He loved ideas and knew how to create a positive emotional response.
We should all be grateful for people like my Dad, who put forth so much effort and risk so much. It is this lonely determination, when others disdain his plans, setbacks impede his progress, and success seems so distant, that an inner energy drives him forward to fulfill his mission. Because of this, he enriched many lives and families and made possible the dreams of those who followed him.
But in the end, accomplishments fade; ambitions are naturally replaced with the reality of our humanity. In this, we experience a more pure love. As my Dad went through this last difficult period of his life we knew and expressed our love for each other. It was important for him to know I was OK. I told him we are different men, and he understood. I told him I was proud of him and I knew he was always proud of me. These are things that are important between a father and a son. I realized he was now teaching me how to live with grace, honor, and good humor regardless of condition. I witnessed the enduring love between he and my mother.
His presence is always with me, even when we were apart. And today I know he will live on in my life and those who knew him. I know he is in a place where his soul can soar and his freedom to fly knows no bounds.
October 19, 2011
Dear BJ, Nancy, Dede and Jeff,
I was sorry to hear the sad news about Ken and I extend my deepest sympathy to you. I lived with your family while attending the Minnesota School of Business and have pleasant memories of all of you.
October 15, 2011
I would like to send my condolances to the Dahlberg family. My father worked for Ken many years ago and I did too, briefly. I knew DeDe in grade school. After losing my father in 2006 and my mother 10/8/2011 I empathize with your family.
October 12, 2011
Dear Betty and Jeff,
I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Ken,I loved Dahlberg Electronics and Miracle Ear. Because of Ken I was able to provide a wonderful upbringing for my son and complete my U of M degrees. Because of Ken I was able to travel the country, meet wonderful people and maintain some lasting friendships. How I enjoyed his occassional phone calls checking up on his team members from the 80"s. And how I enjoyed sending him Poinsettia's at Christmas. You will really never know the extent of my appreciation and the wonderful memories I cherish. Mary Ann Kofski-Hamer formerly of Minneapolis
October 12, 2011
I worked for Mr. Dahlberg in 1964-'65 in Golden Valley. He was a wonderful, kind man to work for. I still have his letter of recommendation he wrote for me to get a job at Lockheed in California where I met my husband. We just celebrated our 44th anniversery.
October 11, 2011
I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Ken since the late 60s. He was kind, compassionate, caring, with a wonderful sense of humor. I enjoyed our 1 on 1 meetings. He showed me the way to earn a decent living while helping the hearing impaired. One of the biggest thrills of my life was receiving the Kenneth H. Dahlberg award in 2007. My deepest sympathies go out to Betty, Jeff and the entire family. Ken keep your flight plan close & straight. We will miss you.
Tom McNamara
Miracle Ear Franchisee
October 11, 2011
Dear BJ, Dede, Nancy and Jeff,

Chris and I are saddened to hear of Ken's passing. With fond memories of Ken and all the Dahlbergs (when all of us were a bit younger) we will be thinking of you in the days ahead. Godspeed
October 09, 2011
Your memories will always remembered from the QB's since my time in the 60's. He was a fine person to have known! Bob Bartholomay
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October 09, 2011
I first met Ken in 1964 when I, as a freshly minted accountant, prepared his tax return. In 1966 Ken hired me and I was with him until 1975. Over the years we saw each other infrequently; however, when we did it was like yesterday. When Betty informed me of Ken's failing health I was given the opportunity to renew our friendship. During our initial visit with Ken, my wife and I both remarked that Ken still had that certain twinkle in his eye. I have read the tributes to Ken and agree with them all. But what resonates in my memory is the merry image of Ken with a twinkle in his eye saying: "Hi Billy".....We will miss him
October 08, 2011
Dear Jeff and Family,
Cora and I were so saddened to hear of your Father's passing. After I read your Dad's obituary, I understand now where you obtained your positive 'Can Do' outlook on life. He was not only a Great American but an excellent role model to another Great American whom I call "My Sponsor". You and your Family are in Corie & my thoughts and prayers.
Take Care and God Bless.
October 08, 2011
To BJ and Family,
It was indeed a sad day when Ken passed out of this life. During the many hundreds of flights that Ken and I flew together he taught me much. Although he would talk about the past he loved the present moment and always looked forward to the future. His love of country was always in his thoughts. Bonnie and I feel very fortunate to have known Ken.
October 07, 2011
Dear BJ and Family, How very sorry Bob and I were to learn of Kenny's passing.
Many fun times were spent with the two of you while we lived in Edina.
He was a very special man and always had a big smile for everyone.
He will be missed. Yvonne and Bob Makowski
October 07, 2011
Hello Dahlbergs: It would be preferable to correspond under more pleasant circumstances, but please accept my sincere
prayers and condolences regarding this loss. I remember well
the arial tours of Moline via "Dahlberg Air", first in a single engine, later in a twin he'd recently acquired. Time accelerates exponentially with each passing year, but fond
memories remain. Stanley Zimmerman, Chicago
October 07, 2011
Dear B.J. and Family:

The world has lost a great american hero. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Rest in Peace, Ken.

Blessings,
Beth Heinzen
(Brooklyn Park, MN)
October 06, 2011
The vision of your husband touched the lives of so many people. I was very fortunate to work for Miracle Ear, an extended family that stretched across a nation. Our deepest condolences go out to the Dahlberg family.
October 06, 2011
To the Dahlberg family,
I had the pleasure of knowing "Mr. Dahlberg" through Harriet and my father John Dolny. He was truly a great man and a wonderful human being!
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. God speed Mr Dahlberg!
October 06, 2011
My deepest sympathies to all of the Dahlberg Family. The world lost a true hero, and he will be sorely missed.
October 06, 2011
To Jeff and the Dahlberg family: We have lost an outstanding and wonderful man. The mold was broken when God made Ken. My sympathies go out to you all. He was a hero at a time we need them,and a strong entrepeneur when we needed him. God Bless his service to his nation but more importantly God Bless this wonderful man and his family.
October 06, 2011
Dear B.J. and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Kenny was a wonderful man. He is in a better place
now with our Heavenly Father.
Blessings, Bob & Carolyn Husemoller
October 06, 2011
For over seven years I had the opportunity to work for Mr.& Mrs. Dahlberg at their beautiful home in Deephaven, twice a week as Mr. would leave for the office I would get a Good morning hug, What a Strong, Interesting and sweet man. My prayers are with Mrs. Dahlberg and their family."GOD SPEED" Mr. Dahlberg
October 06, 2011
I was fortunate to have started my career with Miracle-Ear in 1984, at the time when Ken was it's 'pilot'. A true hero in many ways but I am most inspired by his vision and life story. I'm proud to say I enjoyed his company and his Company is now a major part in my life story. I see him flying again, on Eagles Wings.
October 06, 2011
B.J. You and your family are in my prayers. We lost a good friend.
October 06, 2011
Bravo sir to a life well lived :) God Bless
October 05, 2011
I will always cherish the moments I shared with Mr. Dahlberg as I cooked his meals. He would come into the kitchen at times and sneak a pre-dinner cookie with a sly twinkle in his eye. My meals were always welcomed with a "that's a wow!". I was humbled in the presence of this formidable yet kind-hearted individual. I send deep sympathy to Mrs. Dahlberg and the entire Dahlberg family.
October 05, 2011
I had the pleasure of meeting Ken at an American Fighter Aces Association reunion where he was kind enough to spend time with me talking about his days with the 354th Fighter Group. Ken told me that he really liked the P-47 over the P-51 and that his flight instructor at Luke Field was none other than the great Barry Goldwater! He was a fine man and I am very sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest sympathies to the Dahlberg family.
October 05, 2011
Although I only knew Mr. Dahlberg a few short years in Carefree, AZ, he was an absolute delight. I, as well as my husband were honored to know him and his wife, both, at his little office in Carefree and across the street as a neighbor. God be with your family in the days ahead. I rejoice knowing you are in a wonderful place.
October 05, 2011
While I was still in the business world, I had several interactions with Mr. Dahlberg. I was always impressed by his courtesy and memory for faces/names. I was just a 'gopher', but he treated me as a person. Rest in Peace, Mr. Dahlberg. I shall always remember you. My sympathy to the family, you've lost a wonderful person.
October 05, 2011
We only had the honor of meeting Ken once, at his granddaughter's wedding. His hospitality at the reception was amazing, he made everyone feel welcome and seemed to have boundless energy. He laughed watching the little kids trample his immaculate lawn. From what I hear from his granddaughter he was one of those upstanding human beings who had his priorities completely in order.
October 05, 2011
Mr. Dahlberg was my inspiration also. I admired him for being a great American patriot. And I was so proud to work for a company he founded. Meeting him in 2006 is one of my fondest memories. He was so charming! He will be very much missed but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with Betty Jayne and the Dahlberg family as you grieve the loss of a very special man.
October 05, 2011
Ken had a grace and peace to him that made you feel comforted and protected. He was a noble and honorable soul who blessed the world with much love, kindness, wisdom and generosity. As a soldier, friend, husband, father, entrepreneur and life-long philanthropist, many lights have been lit from his single candle. May the light continue, life to life. You're always in our hearts, dear friend and Father.
October 05, 2011
As a graduate of Harding High School, I have read and now write about all St Paul's East Side history. Kenneth Dahlberg's name appears whenever notable graduates of Harding or Johnson high schools, or area residents, are mentioned. We are proud of Mr. Dahlberg and his many accomplishments. Maxine Dickson, Minnetonka MN
October 05, 2011
On behalf of the American Fighter Aces Association I wish to express our condolences at the loss of Ken. Ken attended numerous reunions of the AFAA, and served on its Board. I always enjoyed meeting him at these reunions.

Frank Olynyk, Historian, American Fighter Aces Association
October 05, 2011
A true hero and inspiration. I have been fortunate to be able to spend time with Ken through my Miracle-Ear franchise. He paved the way for me to make a living and have an opportunity to better people's lives through better hearing. Ken indeed has not only touched my life but millions. It was my honor to know him. All my prayers to the Dahlberg family.
October 05, 2011
My condolences to the Dahlberg family.
I worked for Dahlberg/Miracle Ear for 15 years starting in the 70's and Ken Dahlberg was a very caring and generous man who took the time to get to know the employees and mingle with them and just have a friendly conversation with you. I always respected Mr. Dahlberg and loved working for him and Miracle-Ear.

Sue Linman
October 05, 2011
Betty,I started out working for Ken & brother Arnie & stayed on for 30 plus years.Yes Ken will be missed.

Earl Totman
October 05, 2011
"The best way to celebrate and remember the life of Ken Dahlberg would be to strive to be as much like him as one could be. Ken was that rare individual who wanted more for you than he had for himself. Ken had much but gave more. Some people change the world (and Ken did some of that), but most of all he changed lives for the better." Bob MacDonald (Wayzata, Mn)
October 05, 2011
I was blessed to meet Ken and his grandson, Carl just a few years ago, as I helped to establish Dahlberg Park in Wilson, WI. He was such an inspiration to me, and I feel like I am a better person for having met him. Prayers go up for the family during this time.
October 05, 2011
To BJ and Family,

It is a sad day with the loss of Ken, but his words of encouragement and open hospitality are indelible. Ken was a man of rare composure, ethics, and courage and has left a legacy that will provide a base and example for many generations to come.

My thoughts are with you and your families, hoping that you find peace in the fact that many people have had their lives positively reinforced by Ken, and you as well, BJ.
October 05, 2011
I've known Ken for just a few years, but what he demonstrated will last a lifetime. Ken's zeal for life, compassion for others, and faith in God are just a small piece of a much larger legacy. I'm honored to have known him.
October 05, 2011
Ken has been an inspiration in my life. He has remined me to try to live a full life with integrity, bravery and compassion for those less fortunate.
What a Great example of that he has been.
October 05, 2011
I first met Ken in Republican politics, 1968. I thought then, and now know, he was a man among men, a true gentleman whose word was his bond. He had a wry sense of humor, maybe honed by his POW experience, but certainly applied to every day living and situations. Over the many months we would meet at political functions, he was always smiling, happy to see and talk with you, to be among others who shared his sense of values: honesty, integrity, decency, a concern for others and their futures. Whether among the great or the unwashed, Ken exhibited his concern for them all. A man who will be sorely missed by all whose paths he crossed.
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