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Daniel C Wahl

Daniel C Wahl

Daniel C. Wahl, age 87 of Durand, died Thursday, June 9, 2022 at his home in Durand with his family by his side.

Dan was born on March 27, 1935 in Menomonie. He was the son of Albert and Lillian (Olson) Wahl. Dan grew up in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School. After high school, Dan enlisted into the U.S. Navy. He was submarine qualified and spent eight years on the USS Tench before being honorably discharged. Upon his return home, Dan took a job in law enforcement, a career that spanned 37 years. Dan spent time as a police officer in several areas including California. He spent the last 15 years as the Chief of Police for Durand, retiring in 1997. Dan married Mary Price, together they had 4 children and later divorced. He later married the love of his life, Lynda Dobbs and they spent 30 years together until her death in 2016. Every weekend, Dan and Lynda would go polka dancing, it was their favorite thing to do together.

Dan enjoyed doing electrical work, carpentry and golfing. He and Lynda enjoyed many years at the Lincolnwood Resort on Long Lake. Most of all, Dan loved to spend time his children and grandchildren.

Dan is survived by his children, Rick (Valene) Caldwell of Durand; Doug (Margaret Steindl) Carlson of Durand and Michelle (Doug Fleming) O’Connell of Menomonie, grandchildren, Merlin; Matthew; Taylor; Patrick; Trystin; Steven; Matthew; Brittney; April; Danny and Amanda, four great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Lynda; three children, David Caldwell; Jeff Caldwell and Daniel Caldwell, one sister, Imogen Gilberts and one brother, David Wahl.

A Celebration of Life will be held 4:00PM-7:00PM Thursday, June 16, 2022 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Valene Caldwell

    We think of us often and remember happy n wonderful times n meals together. My prayers are that U and Lynda can kick back at the lake n polka as much as u want in heaven! Miss U Grabdpa!! XXXOOO

  2. Antoinette Brion

    So sorry to here about your dad. He helped my husband a lot. He was a grate man.

  3. George Vanderveren

    To Dan's family in this difficult time... I hope y'all can find peace in knowing the pain is because of the great love you shared. My connection with Dan is he and I are Diesel Boat Submariners. U.S. Navy EN2 (SS) Dan Wahl, our Brother of the Phin' is now on his Eternal Patrol. Rest your Oar Sailor , we have the watch. God's speed my friend.

  4. George Vanderveren

    a Brother of the Phin ???? ???????? USS TENCH (SS-417) EN3 (SS) now on his Eternal Patrol...Rest your Oar Sailor, we have the watch. I will miss all them 10-4's my friend! ???? ????

  5. Irma Gonzalez

    RIP Dan now you have been reunited with all your loved ones where it's peaceful and beautiful. ????️????️

  6. Josette LaForte

    I did not know Mr. Wahl personally, but if he was anything like his daughter Michelle, he must have been amazing! Sincere condolences to the entire family.

  7. Irish Jade

    R.I.P. Dan. I truly enjoyed conversations with you for the short time I’ve known you living across the street in Pig Town. My deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Wahl family.

  8. Char & Lee Anderson

    Your entire family is in our thoughts during this difficult time. Dan was a great man and gave both my wife and I our start in law enforcement, which led to successful careers. We both have many fond thoughts of those times!

  9. Crystal Dow

    So very sorry to hear the news....such a great fun guy!! I can just see him dancing!!! RIP DAN....GOOD FRIEND.....

  10. Rene Stamschror

    My prayers and thoughts are with Dan's family.
    Thank you for protecting and serving our country. Along with protecting and serving Durand. I am Joan Poolers granddaughter.. They lived across from one another
    Such a caring and sweet man. Whenever he would be outside there was always a wave and a big ole smile. Rest in Peace and Fly High

  11. Herb Swain

    Dan was a great man. We have had many good talks in the past. Gonna miss out conversations.

  12. Stan Ridgeway

    Thank you Chief Wahl for your years of service in law enforcement and with the US Navy. Rest in Peace DPD42. My condolences to the Wahl family.

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