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John E. Dahm 1934-2009

Dec 22, 2009

Funeral service for John E. Dahm of Emmetsburg was Monday, Dec. 21, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Clem Currans officiated.

Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery at Early. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Dahm died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg. He was 75.

John Edward Dahm was born Sept. 21, 1934, in Early, the son of John and Margaret Koewler Dahm. He received his education in the Early Sacred Heart Parochial School, graduating in 1953 from Sacred Heart High School.

At the age of 15, John contracted Poliomyelitis and was hospitalized in Sioux City for three months. With grim determination and daunting effort, he overcame most of the effects of this disease and resumed his education, finishing school with his classmates.

John attended the Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, MN, where he graduated in 1954 as a certified laboratory and x-ray technician. He became employed by Palo Alto Memorial Hospital where he established the laboratory and x-ray departments.

On May 7, 1955, John Dahm and Angela Schlegel were married in Minneapolis, MN. They made their home in Emmetsburg and John remained employed by the local hospital until his retirement in 2000. During this tenure, after intense study and experience, he became a licensed sonographer and practiced at hospitals in Emmetsburg and Algona.

John had many interests. Despite his increasing disability from Polio, he remained active in hunting, fishing and traveling. He was an avid photographer and was always accompanied by two or more cameras to “catch the moment.”

After retiring, John did artistic paintings, some of which were displayed at local art exhibitions. He was a devoted member of Holy Family Parish as well as the Iowa Polio Support Network.

Survivors include his wife, Angela, of Emmetsburg; children:?Virginia Dahm of St. Paul, MN, Roberta and Joe Malloy of Decatur, NE, John and Dawn Dahm of Lakeville, MN, Patsy and Erik Youngblom of Worthington, MN, Jennifer and Glen Kuntz of Lisbon, Terasa Cruthirds of Ankeny, Tony and Lisa Dahm of Ankeny, Michael and Angie Dahm of Denison and Charles and Stefanie Dahm of Olathe, KS; 19 grandchildren; a brother, Steve and Mary Dahm of Novato, CA; and a sister, Elizabeth Farias of Early.

Mr. Dahm was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Joan Baldessari.

Condolences can be left at: www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com