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Dwayne P. Daehler

Jul 8, 1943 - Jan 25, 2019 (Age 75)

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My cousin Dwayne was a true inspiration on how live life to the fullest.♥

Marcia I am so sorry for your loss. I only met Dwayne once but was so impressed and loved seeing his photos displayed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I could scarcely believe my eyes when I opened the paper and saw Dwayne's smiling face in the obituary notices. It was such a shock! He was not only a dear friend and a wonderful WALLA colleague, he was a person I deeply admired and will miss terribly. It was a privilege to know him, for the light of God's love shone in his face.. He was my idea of a true man of God. I offer my condolences to his family and friends in this time of loss. You will have beautiful memories and his deep faith to...

The Board of Directors and Staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry wish to extend our sincerest condolences to you, Marcia, and the family upon the passing of Dwayne. You have been such good friends to LUM and Dwayne will be missed by all of us, as much as you will miss him. May God hold him and all of you in the palm of His hand.

Dwayne always contributed his wonderful enthusiasm for life at Northwestern Seminary and the Indiana-Kentucky Synod.

Fishing with Uncke Dwayne on Spirit Lake IA 2017

I have so many great memories with Uncle Dwayne. My summers spent at the lake fishing with him to time on the farm. He sure knew how to live life to its fullest. I remember his carousel slide shows of pictures from around the world and how interesting it was to see and hear stories about his adventures. I'll cherish those memories forever. He will be missed.

Dwayne and Marcia have been the most wonderful neighbors for many years. Dwayne will be sincerely missed. Prayers and blessings to Marcia and family with love.

Dwayne was a kind and supportive cousin. He will surely be missed by our family.
-RoseAnna Quinn


Dwayne's Obituary

Dwayne P. Daehler, 75, of West Lafayette, died on January 25, 2019. Dwayne and his twin sister were born on July 8, 1943 in Freeport, Illinois to Leona and Paul Daehler.  He grew up on a dairy farm in northwest Illinois, roaming the hills, an outdoorsman from the beginning.  He graduated from Mt. Carroll High School, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and Luther-Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

Dwayne married Marcia K. Nelson on June 24, 1967.  He served as minister of St. Mark’s Lutheran, Newport, KY; Bethlehem Lutheran, Gary, IN; Our Saviour Lutheran, West Lafayette; St. Paul’s Lutheran, Haysville, IN and New Hope Lutheran, Monticello, IN, as well as other interim and supply ministries.  He was Co-Director at ARC Retreat Center, Cambridge, MN and also worked as a spiritual director.

Dwayne was very active outdoors, X-C skiing the 50 Km Am Birkebeiner for over 20 years, running, white water canoeing, camping, and backpacking. He travelled to Russia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Scotland, Australia, Costa Rica and mission trips in Guatemala. 

In retirement years, Dwayne became a more accomplished photographer and member at Artists Own, Lafayette, IN and taught WALLA classes on photography and travel.  He served on local arts organization boards. 

Dwayne was a man of myriad talents with a gift for creating new insights and sharing them with others through his ministry, his photography, his woodworking projects, his sense of humor and his vast collection of stories.

Dwayne is survived by his wife, Marcia; sister Melva (David) Radtke; brother-in-law Doug (Sherry) Nelson; sisters-in-law Candace (Hilo) Del Bosque; Linda (Ken) Cezar.  Other survivors include nephews, Damien, Tristan, Mark, Ryan, Marty, David, Jeremy; nieces, Devon, Sara, Teresa.  Also surviving are several great-nieces and nephews and many special friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents and twin sister, Darlene Bernardin. 

Visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 1 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Soller-Baker West Lafayette Chapel, 1184 Sagamore Parkway in West Lafayette.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 300 West Fowler in West Lafayette.  Burial will take place at Grandview Cemetery in West Lafayette at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Lafayette Urban Ministry, or Luther Seminary, 2481 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108.  


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