Willard B. ‘Bill’ Dahle

Feb. 23, 1926 - Nov. 12, 2011

Willard B. "Bill" Dahle of Mount Prospect, Ill., died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 85. He was born in Florence, S.D., on Feb. 23, 1926, the son of the late Melvin and Hilda (nee Rukstad) Dahle.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret (nee Brevig), on April 15, 1999. Bill proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the Philippines. He graduated from Watertown High School in South Dakota and then earned a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. Bill worked for many years in the food-manufacturing industry in the Chicago area. He was vice president of the Sokol Co. until his retirement in 1992, where he remained on the board of directors. He was a longtime member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Mount Prospect.

He will be sadly missed by his three sons, Doug (Michele) Dahle of Spring Branch, Texas, Craig (Lisa) Dahle of Fairhope, Ala., Mark (Kim) Dahle of San Antonio, Texas; and his wife, Kathleen (nee Niegelsen), whom he married Oct. 14, 2000, and her children, Steven Reiske of Tampa, Fla., Scott (Richele) Reiske of Muskego, Teresa (Randy) Chappa of Shorewood and Shawn (Jill) Reiske of Mundelein, Ill. He is further survived by 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his sister, Norma (the late Glen) Hunter of Watertown, S.D.; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 6:30 p.m. funeral service Friday, Nov. 18, at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Burial with full military honors will be held at Helgen Cemetery in Florence, S.D.

If desired, memorials are appreciated to the Special Olympics of Georgia, 4000 Dekalb Technology Parkway, Suite 400, Building 400, Atlanta, GA 30340; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 620 S. 76th St., Suite 160, Milwaukee, WI 53214.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.