Richard Bruce Dahl

March 22, 1944


November 8, 2020

Richard Bruce Dahl

March 22, 1944


November 8, 2020

 Richard Bruce Dahl, 76, of Billings died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, at Billings Advanced Care Hospital, with his wife by his side. Bruce was born to Richard N and Alice Dahl on March 22, 1944, in Madison, Minnesota.

He grew up and attended schools in Madison and graduated from Madison High School in 1962. Upon graduation, Bruce enlisted in the United States Air Force. Airman Dahl completed the first phase of his military training at Lackland AFB, Texas and was selected for the specialized course on the basis of his interests and aptitudes. He was then reassigned to Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas for technical training as a USAF missile mechanic. Bruce was very proud to have worked on the Titan II Missile. After honorable discharge from the USAF in 1966, Bruce entered college. He attended and graduated from Wilmar State Junior College, earning an Associative Arts degree in 1970. After graduation, Bruce worked for the Lac Qui Parle County Highway Department, retiring in 2004 after 34 years. Bruce was a caring son to his parents and a supportive brother to his sister and her family. He was a good friend to many and had strong childhood friendships that continued until his dying day. He spoke highly of them quite often and loved them all very much. Bruce did have some great stories.

In 1989, Bruce was living a quiet bachelor’s life in Madison. One summer night, while attending a friend’s wedding, he met his soul mate, Jan, a friend of the bride. Bruce and Jan dated long distance for three years. In August of 1992, they were united in marriage in Sidney and Jan moved to Madison to begin their life together. Bruce traded the life of bachelorhood and became the stepdad to four adult daughters, Grandpa Bruce to three grandchildren and big brother to Jan’s five younger brothers. He took it all on with a smile. Bruce and Jan celebrated 28 years of marriage in August 2020 and their family has grown to include 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Bruce and Jan moved to Billings in the summer of 2004 to be closer to the kids.

Bruce enjoyed retirement and spent most of his time putzing around the house, watching FOX News, reading the dictionary, taking the 300 to the airport, attending grandkids’ activities, eating junk food, drinking Sunkist and enjoying Jan’s home cooking and baking. Bruce and Jan enjoyed taking trips to North Dakota, Washington, Alaska, Western Montana, Alabama and Arizona. He especially enjoyed their annual trip back to Minnesota to enjoy DeToy’s chicken and visit family and friends. Bruce was a quiet man, had strong opinions and was detail oriented. He shared his wisdom with anyone who would listen. He was a patriotic man and loved his country. Bruce enjoyed watching sports and loved the Minnesota Vikings. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Bruce is survived by his wife Jan; daughters Brenda Zoanni, Becky (Kevin) Hendley, Tracy (Kirby Brown) Cayko, Tammy Johnson; grandchildren Brad (Karli), Derek, Ryan; Bailey (Nathan), Luke, Jacob; Sean, Corey, Cody (Kelsey), Kate (Evan), Elizabeth (Pete), Tabitha (David), Buster, Chad; Kendel (Andrew), Mattie; great-grandchildren Paisley, Addison, Paxton; Hunter, Lucille; Brody, Bridger, Eliza, Ayden, Kyson; nephews Tim Baird, Bruce Baird and nieces Bonnie Aneas, Susie Frost and their families; numerous cousins including Gary (Mary) Nordmeyer and Mary Middlin; brothers-in-law Bill (Debbie) Dishon, Bob (Kim) Dishon, Tim (Vicki) Dishon, Tom (Brenda) Dishon and Terry (Luci) Dishon and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Alice; sister, Judy Baird; nephew, Mark Baird; his father and mother-in-law, Delbert and Rosie Dishon; son-in-law Loren Zoanni, grandson Mark Zoanni and great-grandson Noah Lamer.

Private family services will be held.

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11 thoughts on “Richard Bruce Dahl”

  1. Bruce was a good friend and haven’t seen him since I left town in 1977. The nights we spent “trolling” the streets of Madison in his Chevy. Great times. His Dad, “Dick” was the Coco Cola dealer in Madison. I still have a cooler that Dick gave my Dad in the early 50s. It sets in my office right now. Will miss Bruce, an oldie but goodie.

  2. Bruce was my best friend during high school. My best memories are going shooting, first with BB guns. One day, in the alley next to the Madison Bottling Co., Bruce was behind me and shot a BB into the ground. It ricocheted and hit me in the back of the leg. We still laughed years later about the dent it put in my calf. Graduating to 22’s we loved night time rat hunting at the local dump grounds south of the golf course. Gopher hunting on county roads was also one of our pastimes. I will miss our phone chats and visits when he and Jan came back to Madison.

  3. Our deepest sympathy to you Jan and your family, sending a lot of hugs and prayers.❤️❤️🙏🙏
    Jeri&Kim Ruth💕😢

  4. Julie Wollschlager

    Jan, so very sorry to hear about Bruce 😢. You two had the best marriage, I always admired that❤️Stay strong Jan, prayers to you and your family.
    Julie & Jeff

  5. Bruce was a good friend and a loyal customer of my familys Resturant DeToys. Gods speed Bruce see you on the high ground.

  6. After leaving Madison I came back twelve years later and about March or April of 1974. I went to VFW in Madison on a friday night and Bruce was there at the bar. When I came in I hadn’t seen him or talk to him since basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas in November 1962. On Friday night having a beer and started talking was getting ready to leave the VFW and Bruce asked what I was doing on Saturday night. I told him didn’t have any plans and he said “Come on down to Ollie’s Bar” So I went to Ollie’s on Saturday night and had a few beers and Ollie would close at 11 P..M. from there we would go over to the Legion or VFW. After the Legion or VFW closed we would go to DeToy’s and had chicken. Have to say he sure liked that DeToy’s Chicken from then on we would always meet on friday or saturday nights at Ollie’s from there it would either be Legion or VFW in Madison or Leigon in Marietta or Dawson to the VFW depending on which bar we closed from there we would go either to Detours in Madison or Trailways in Montevideo or Hilltop in Ortonville. That was pretty much the weekend routine until Bruce and Jan got married.

  7. I am Debbie Dishon. I am married to Jan’s brother William. One night we were all gathered at the Moose Lodge in Williston, North Dakota. Jan’s brothers started like a human shuffle board game using there bodies, not sure what the game was called, anyway they had 8 foot long tables butted up together on the floor. They boys would take off running and slide the the tables head first. When it came time for Bruces’s turn, he took off running and slide down the tables and two tables decided to buckle in the middle and down went Bruce. He got up and went into the men’s room to check out the damages to his body. Everyone waited and here he comes, his head is totally wrap up in toilet paper. Was quite the site to see. So funny. Jan we send our Love to you and your family. Bruce was a great person and willalqays be in you memories.

  8. Cindy & Gary Hansen

    Our sympathy to you and your family Jan. It was always nice seeing you when you came back to good ‘ol Madison for your visits. Take care of yourself and hang on to the good memories !

  9. Mary Lou (Skoien) Daline

    Jan, you have our deepest sympathy in your loss of Bruce. He was always so pleasant and kind to visit with. It was nice seeing you the last time you were home. May God be with you and your family in the days ahead. God Bless. Very nice ceremony.🙏🙏🙏

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