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Olgar Phillip Dalen -- Austin

AUSTIN -- The funeral for Olgar Phillip Dalen will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with the Rev. Roberta Flood officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin with military rites by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216.

Mr. Dalen, 83, of Austin, a retired auto repairman, died Monday afternoon (June 16, 2003) at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, where he had lived the past two years.

He was born Nov. 7, 1919, in Waltham Township, Mower County, and after graduating from Austin High School in 1938 worked at Hormel. From 1942 to the end of 1945 he served in the Army, and received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal. On Aug. 7, 1943, he married Lyla Beadle in Austin. After his discharge, he returned to Austin and later lived in Hayfield, where he operated an auto repair business until 1950. He then worked for A&S; Parts and Machine until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of the VFW and St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Dennis of New Hope, Minn.; two daughters, Erna (Tom) Syzdek of Minneapolis and Janet Dalen of Bloomington, Minn.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jane Sieversen of Grand Meadow and Olive Felton of Austin.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and an hour before the service Friday at the church.

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Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer's research or to the American Cancer Society.

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