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Calvin B. Dahlke

September 23, 1923 — March 30, 2021

Calvin B. Dahlke, 97, of Lincoln, formerly of Alda died Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at Lancaster Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 PM on Monday, June 7, 2021, at the Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island with Rev. Trudy Hanke officiating. Inurnment will follow at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to the Alda United Methodist Church, the donor’s choice or to the family.

Calvin Burge Dahlke was born September 23, 1923, at Grainton, Nebraska to Gus H. and Elsie P. (Burge) Dahlke. He grew up in Grainton and graduated from Grainton High School in 1940. Calvin continued his education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, graduating with his degree in 1947.

He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in June of 1944 and was honorably discharged in June of 1946.

Calvin married Vodis Fidel on June 7, 1948, in Lincoln, NE. After the couple was married, they both taught in Curtis, NE and farmed near Wallace, NE. The couple then moved to Alda in 1966, and Calvin worked as a manufacturing process engineer for New Holland in Grand Island until his retirement in 1985.

Calvin was an active member of the Alda Methodist Church, the VFW, the Conestoga Chorus, Interfaith Choir, and Voices of the Island. He also was a member of the Hall County Historical Society where he served on the board for nine years.

He enjoyed woodworking, stone working (lapidary) and metal working.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Lin Dahlke of Arlington, WA, and Ron and Deb Dahlke of Lincoln, NE; two daughters and son-in-law, Dara and Jerry Gemar of Omaha, NE and Julie Dahlke of Lincoln; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vodis Dahlke in 2019; two brothers, Stanley and Marvin Dahlke; and four sisters, Laurene Simmerman, Irene Frawner, Phyllis Simon and Delight McLemore.

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Service Schedule

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memorial service

Monday, June 7, 2021

Starts at 1:30 pm (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

Visitation will be an hour prior to the service time.

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