Bryan Dahlstrom, Hillsboro, North Dakota, died on Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at the age of 71.
Bryan David Dahlstrom was born September 12, 1937 at Fargo, North Dakota to Per Helge and Evelyn Gladys (Dullum) Dahlstrom. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior?s Lutheran Church of Hillsboro. He attended Kelso School for eight years, and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1955. He attended Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota for one semester and then entered the United States Air Force, spending most of his four-year enlistment at Finley Air Force Base working with radio and radar. After his discharge he worked at the Ford garage in Hillsboro and farmed. He graduated from Wahpeton State School of Science in 1967 with an associate degree in electronics, then worked at Herbst Department Store and Bell Telephone Company, both in Fargo, and for six years as a greenhouse foreman at NDSU?s Department of Horticulture.
In 1967 he married Victoria Joy Hendrickson at Mandan, North Dakota. Their daughter, Beth Jolene, was born in 1979. They moved to the family farm in 1974 where Bryan worked in partnership with his father and brother. He retired from farming in 2007.
Bryan became a committed Christian through the years, and decided to contribute most of his volunteer hours to being a servant of the King. Dear to his heart was Our Savior?s Lutheran Church, where he helped set up a resource center to spread the Word. He was an usher for many years, and sang in the senior choir, was a deacon, and served on several committees. He was an active supporter of KFNW Christian radio, and helped organize the two Praise Gatherings held at Our Savior?s.
He served as clerk-treasurer for Kelso Township for over thirty years.
Bryan liked people, and enjoyed visiting with friends and strangers alike. He always stressed his Swedish heritage, often showing his lapel pins which stated ?I?m Swedish, but I?m taking pills for it? and ?Many people are Swedish, but go on to live normal lives.? He used many opportunities to gently witness of his faith, be it the people in his church congregation or the medical staff at Roger Maris Cancer Center.
Bryan was a loyal and loving husband to Vicki, and a wonderful and wise father to Beth; was proud and happy to welcome son-in-law Darin to the family in 2005, and became a joyful grandfather to James Bryan (his fondest wish was to see his coming grandson) in 2006. They survive, along with his beloved siblings: brother Bruce of Hillsboro, and sister Mary Ann Rouland and her husband, Frank, of Crownsville, Maryland. Also surviving him are his niece, Christine Willis and her husband, Tom, of San Marcos, California and their children, Luke and Caroline; his nephews, Aaron Rouland and his wife, Erin, of Lexington Park, Maryland, and their children Henry, Mary Ann, Augustine, Phinehas, and Evelyn; and Joseph Rouland and his wife, Brienne of Glen Burnie, Maryland; Vicki?s nieces and nephews, and his brothers and sisters-in-law, Jule Ann and Peter Jeffs of Baker City, Oregon; Jeanne and Orris Field of Benedict, North Dakota; and Virginia and Harry Blauert of Parkers Prairie, Minnesota; many dear cousins; and his aunts, Hilda Bagstad, Edna Dahlstrom and Selma Dullum, all of Hillsboro.
Awaiting him in heaven are his parents; his father and mother-in-law, Clarence and Estelle Ann Hendrickson; his brother-in-law, C. James Hendrickson; his nephew, Erik James Hendrickson; and three infant children, Ann Estelle, James Jul, and Bruce Helge.
Special thanks to Hospice of the Red River Valley, Judy and Lydia, Kelsey and Connie; to Roger Maris Cancer Center; and to Dr. Gerald Gross, for his kindness and his expert and conscientious care for over ten years.
May God bless the memory of our dearest Bryan. To God be all the glory.
Memorials preferred to Our Savior?s Lutheran Church Resource Center or Hillsboro Medical Center Foundation. A memorial service will be held at Our Savior?s Lutheran Church of Hillsboro at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 18, 2008. Visitation will be held at the church from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, November 17, 2008, with a prayer service at 7:00 pm.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Wildeman Funeral Home.