DeLoy P. Dahlman

  • "My thoughts are with DeLoy Jr. and Nate for their loss. ..."
  • "I know he will be missed. Thinking of you...Mary Pat Swamy"
  • "A very important man in my life as well. I will miss him."
    - Sean Powers

69, originally of Clarissa, Minnesota and for the last 40 years Bradenton ,Fl., died January 23, 2016 while on a road trip out west. He is survived by his wife Rebecca, sons DeLoy P. Dahlman Jr. wife Melissa (Dodson), Nathan A. Dahlman of Bradenton, daughter Jessica A. Dahlman of Whitefish, Montana and 5 grandchildren. Also surviving are 2 brothers, Roger of Mt. Airy, Maryland, and Bruce of Long Prairie, Minnesota, 5 step-children, several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. Preceding DeLoy Sr. in death were his first wife Carol (Forbes) 1999 and his parents Donald and Ann (Meier) Dahlman of Clarissa, Minnesota. While growing up in the small town of Clarissa, DeLoy engaged in school sports, many "Tom Sawyer" type outdoor activities such as exploring, fishing, swimming in the creek and sledding in winter. He enjoyed family gatherings of the Clarissa Dahlman clan. During summers he operated excavation equipment for the Dahlman construction business. Upon graduating from Clarissa High School he attended Bemidji State University and majored and received a degree in chemistry and minored in American History. As a chemist, he worked in the pharmaceutical industry for companies in the U.S. and Canada for about 10 years. After company layoffs and being a dedicated and responsible husband and father, he needed to provide for his family and took any jobs he could to make money. In 1982 he formed Dahlman's Professional Maintenance Services, Inc. in Bradenton. Mainly mowing lawns, cleaning some pools and occasionally painting houses, it quickly evolved into exclusively landscape maintenance and in 1989 also founded Professional Maintenance Pest Control, Inc. in order to offer Integrated Pest Management health care for the landscape. Both sons joined the business and are currently keeping it moving into the future as we celebrate 34 years of operation. DeLoy Sr. and Rebecca (Merritt) were married June 9, 2001 and devoted much time to family activities and he is greatly missed. He was an avid reader and kept up with current day issues and the changing business environment. He enjoyed fishing in the Gulf and bay waters of Florida, exploring and hiking. His main hobby was composting and making new dirt. As DeLoy Sr. approached retirement years, he and Rebecca purchased their mountain retreat near Maggie Valley, NC. They enjoyed beautiful sunrises, the practice of pot-gardening, shooing bears away from bird feeders, walking the slopes, sight-seeing, and observing natural vegetation and wildlife indigenous to the mountains. He was extremely generous with his family and extended family and empowered people, almost to a fault. Taken from this physical world way to soon, we know he had a lot more to do and being selfish, we were not done with him either. Time is both a blessing and a curse happening simultaneously. There will be a Celebration of Life service Saturday June 18th 2016 at 10:00am in the chapel at the Manatee Village Historical Park located at 1404 Manatee Ave. E Bradenton, Fl. 34208. In lieu of flowers, please send a gift of support in honor of DeLoy P. Dahlman Sr., to , Attn: Rebecca Dahlman, P.O. Box 1417, Maggie Valley, NC. 28751
Published in The Bradenton Herald on May 29, 2016
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