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An informal celebration of his life was at the family home on June 29, 2016.
Harry was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and raised in Logansport. He was valedictorian of the 1960 Logansport High School graduating class and a Citizenship Award winner. In addition to being an outstanding student, he was manager of the basketball team and a key contributor on Logansport's baseball team. He finished his high school baseball pitching career with no losses and acquired the nickname "Chopper" for his unique ability to get on base by driving the ball almost directly into the ground.
Upon graduation, he declined a minor-league offer to pitch in the Philadelphia Phillies organization and deferred an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy, choosing instead to attend Purdue University. While at Purdue, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and in 1964 graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. Harry served in the Air Force Reserves until 1966 when he was honorably discharged. In 1969, he earned his master's of business administration from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.
He began his professional career in 1964 with the Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester, New York. His career with Kodak would eventually take the family to Guadalajara, Mexico, for four years. His final assignment with Kodak took him and his family to Boston, Massachusetts, where he was responsible for the acquisition of ATEX Inc., an early desktop publishing company. This exposure resulted in several executive-level assignments in the graphic arts industry and in 1992, he and his family moved to Hermosa Beach, California, when he accepted a position with Information International Inc. in Culver City, California. His final work years were spent as a Farmers Insurance consultant, where he took great pleasure helping people navigate the insurance and financial planning world.
Preceded in death by parents, Oscar J. and Charlene (Mackey) Dahl, Harry is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 52 years, Cynthia Ann (Hall) Dahl of Rancho Palos Verdes, California; sons, Thomas Scott Dahl of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and William Russell Dahl of Rancho Palos Verdes, California; grandchildren, Timothy Russell Dahl of Mission Viejo, California, and Peter Thomas Dahl of San Clemente, California; brothers-in-law Bernard R. (Rick) Hall Jr. of Fairport, New York, and James A. Hall (Kyle Hall) of Logansport; as well as nieces Audrey, Lynly, and Cassie and nephew Courtney. Four-legged family members Jinx and Raider will miss him greatly as well.
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