Eugene "Gene" Dahl, was born Sept. 9, 1931 in Dewey County SD, to Henry and Harriet (O'Leary) Dahl. He passed away on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 at his home in Phoenix, AZ.
Gene grew up in Hetland and Arlington. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1950 and resided there until 1971. During his childhood, he spent his summers at his grandparents' O'Leary ranch near Timber Lake. He moved to Vermillion in 1971 and later spent winters in Phoenix, AZ.
Gene worked for Central States of Omaha for over 40 years where he retired as regional manager of the Northern Division. He received their highest accolade, the "To Care is to Grow" award in 1980.
Gene is survived by his wife, Sue Carter Dahl of 38 years. His surviving children from his first marriage to Audrey Harris are Mary Dahl (Pat) Havener and Mitch (Nelly) Dahl of Rapid City, and Jerome (Kendra) Dahl of Denver, CO. His sister, Joyce Dahl Colby, 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive Gene. He was preceded in death by two sons, Mark and Marlen, and his brother, Lloyd.
His memory will also be cherished by his stepchildren, Mark Kneip of El Paso TX, Paul Kneip of Helena, MT, Anne (Dan) Manning of Vermillion, Matthew (Rosie) Kneip of El Paso, TX, Patricia (Larry) Bierle of Boise, ID and Mary Kneip of Sioux Falls, along with 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
A Catholic life remembrance service was held in Phoenix, AZ on Nov. 2, and interment will be in Vermillion at a later date. Memorials can be made to the National Emphysema Foundation or the Cathedral of Saints Simon and Jude.