Feb. 26, 1914 – March 12, 2011
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away on March 12, 2011. Melvin N. Dahl was born in Huff, N.D., on Feb. 26, 1914, of parents who had immigrated from Norway and raised nine children. Melvin married Jeanne Louise McGinnis on April 14, 1935, and together they raised three children. William R. Dahl was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1936; Carol Jeanne was born in Lamar, Colo., in 1937; and Robert Melvin was born in McPherson, Kan., in 1942.
Melvin had a successful 30-year career with Gamble Skogmo Inc., for whom he managed department stores all over the Midwest. During that time, in 1944, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he was assigned to Hawaii until the war was over in 1945. After the war, Melvin and Jeanne moved their family to Alliance, Neb., which they still think of as home. There, Melvin served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of Deacons of the Presbyterian Church and was active in the American Legion. They then moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, where Bob graduated from high school.
After he retired from Gambles in Longmont, Colo., in 1968, Mel went to work as the procurement manager for Stanislaus State University until he retired from there in 1978. After full retirement, Mel and Jeanne spent time in Gold Beach, Ore., beach combing; Bonner Springs, Kan., assisting Bill in setting up his own federally chartered bank; then in Woodland, to be near family, where they lived in Leisureville for nearly 19 years, which is the longest they had ever lived anywhere. They moved to Atria Covell Gardens in 2009 when Melvin was 95 and Jeanne 99.
He was the best dad, grandpa and great grandpa ever, famous for his waffles and pancakes and for playing catch with the boys and card games with the girls. He was handsome, kind, moral and smart — a proud American and a true member of the Greatest Generation. He is survived by and will be dearly missed by his wife Jeanne; his children, Bill and Betty Dahl of Sacramento, Carol and Gene Livingston of Davis and Bob and Valarie Dahl of Carmel, Ind. Also surviving Mel are his grandchildren, Dan and Gloria Leacox, Cynthia Dahl, Mike and Lisa Leacox, Cathy and Chuck Farman, Jeff and Ginger Leacox, Peter and Janet Dahl, Sabrina and Josh Radke, Veronica and Alex Rodriguez, Brian Dahl and Alisha Dahl.
Further surviving Mel are his great-grandchildren Nicole Leacox, Monique and Justin Lakin, Mark Leacox, Benjamin Leacox, Thomas Leacox, Jennifer Farman, Richard Farman, Nicholas Leacox, Kyla Leacox, Brooke Rodriguez, Raquel Rodriguez, Trevor Dahl, Westin Dahl, Ainsley Dahl, Makena Leacox and Josh Radke. Mel is also survived by two of his sisters, Marian Owens and Evelyn Dahl, both currently in Seattle.
Services will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, at the corner of Main and Cleveland streets in Woodland. Donations in his name to the American Red Cross would be welcomed.