December 2, 1924 - March 14, 2014
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|Daniel J. Wahlen, 89, formerly of 226 Michigan Ave., died Friday, March 14, 2014, at St. Nicholas Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Daniel was born to the late Nicholas C. Wahlen and Marie Stehling Wahlen in Milwaukee on December 2, 1924.
Dan attended St. Anneís Elementary School and Messmer High School in Milwaukee, WI. He attended Marquette University for one year before joining the Army Specialized Training Corps. After completing basic training at Fort Benning, GA, his group was transferred to the 86th Infantry Division, Camp Livingston, LA. There they completed intensive training and were sent to Camp San Louis Obispo, CA for amphibious training making a number of landings preparatory to going to Japan. Instead, they were sent to Germany to fight at the Battle of the Bulge. Dan saw action in Germany and was wounded in an attack at Hersheid Germany. He also toured in Ruhr Valley Bavaria and Austria with Pattonís 3rd Army before going to Luzon in the Philippine Islands.
After returning from the war Dan finished his education at Marquette University with a Bachelorís Degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of PI MU Epsilon, ETA Kappa NU and TAU Beta PI, the National Honor Society as well as a Wisconsin Professional Engineer.
Dan was employed by the Kohler Company in Plant Engineering and Power Systems for 41 years. He retired as Director of Generator Engineering after many years as Director of Engine Engineering and Reliability and E&EP Group Engineering. He enjoyed his work and the people he worked with.
On February 16, 1957, he married Dorothy Ann Dunn at St. Clementís Church in Sheboygan. Father Carl Wahlen and Father Walter Gehl presided. Dan was a loving husband for 49 years. He was a loving and generous father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend.
His favorite past time was spent with his family. His hobbies included playing cards, shaking dice, playing softball and watching the Packers with his family and friends. Dan was a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1950. He enjoyed being a member of the Hennepins Bowling Team. Dan was also a member of the Greater Sheboygan Kiwanis Club, Kohler Quarter Century Club, Sheboygan Yacht Club, Elks Lodge 299, VFW 9156, American Legion 0083, St. Joseph Benevolent Society of St. Annís, SAE, ASAE, IEEE and ESM Societies.
He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy and his sisters Virginia Grimm (Fred), Rosemary Gold (Frank) and brothers Father Carl, Bernard (Eleanor),and Stehling, He is survived by his daughter, Patrice Deane (Gregory) of Park City Utah and three sons: Timothy Patrick (Theda) of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Michael John, (Malynn) of Robstown, Texas and Patrick Shawn (Tricia) of Sydney, Australia. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren; Daniel, Lauren, Karl, Douglas, Mary, Alexis, Victoria, Trenton (TJ), Robert, Joseph, and Abigael, a foster daughter, Judy Hasenstein (David); a brother, James (Kathie) Wahlen and a sister, Joan Opgenorth (late husband, Don); his special friend Marilyn Roblee; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Daniel at 10:00 AM Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at St. Clement Catholic Church, 522 New York Avenue. Fr. Daniel Lasecki will officiate. Family and friends are welcome at the Olson Funeral Home, 1132 Superior Avenue, on Tuesday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. With a Parish Vigil at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Wednesday at the Church from 9:00 AM. The funeral service will begin at 10 AM. Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Daniel's name and all donations will go to the American Heart Association and Wounded Warriors Project.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of St. Nicholas Hospital, Terrace Estates, and Morningside Health Center for all of their loving care and support.
The Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family.