John “Jack” F. Dahlman Jr. 1934—2019
In the early morning of December 15th, 2019, John F. Dahlman Jr. (Jack), son of Jack Dahlman Sr. and Marie (McDonald) Dahlman, was called home to his heavenly father. Jack was a third-generation Montanan with grandparents either born in, or immigrating to, the territory of Montana. He was born, and raised in, a life-long resident of, and a proud representative of Butte, Montana; Jack was a dedicated member of the community for over eighty years.
Following graduation from local schools, Whittier Elementary and Butte High School in 1952, where he participated in Band, Jack volunteered for service in the U.S. Army and served our country for three years.
Jack owned and operated Dahlman Transfer and Storage, a business started by his father, for over 15 years (the ghost logo remains on the building on 750 South Utah St.) before finishing his working years with a 17-year tenure at United Parcel Service as a transfer driver, retiring in 1996. Throughout his life, Jack lived, and taught his children, a mantra ‘never shy away from an honest day’s work, give more than expected, and maintain honesty and integrity in your dealings with people’. Jack’s life is punctuated with examples of his values; he and life-long friend Roy Dowers built and flew an experimental airplane in the late 1950’s, a plane that was airworthy for over 50 years—quality in work; he and wife Vonnie owned and operated a successful business in Butte for over 15 years—responsibility and commitment; in 2009, after a lifetime of bowling, at the age of 75 and in the presence of friends and family, he finally bowled the perfect game, 300—persistence; servant to his wife Vonnie to the end—Love.
While Jack joins many that have passed before him, namely Tom & Ann Cleary, he leaves behind a large family, this includes; Wife and lifetime partner of 61 years, Vonnie (Cleary) Dahlman, daughters Mary Ann Allison (David; grandchildren Amanda, Jennafer, and six great-grandchildren), Patricia Browning (Terry; grandchild Kelley and four great-grandchildren), Jacqueline Blom (Mike; grandchildren Billy, Veronica, Cory, and three great-grandchildren), Jody Krzan (Mike; grandchildren Stephanie, Josh), Colleen Rabson (Ralph (passed); grandchildren Hannah, Kaylee, and one great-grandchild), and son Todd (Robin; grandchildren Heather and Morgan and five great-grandchildren). Jack is also survived by his loving sister Darlene Luedtke (Walt); sister-in-law Janet (Cleary) Dennehy (Tim (passed), and dedicated cousin Doug Cameron (Marilyn), and extended family and friends too great to list.
Jack will be missed by the many who knew him; may he rest in peace.
Services to be conducted Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Holy Spirit. Visitation at 10:00 am, service 11:00 am
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