A Memorial Visitation for Richard L. Dahlem, 68, of Island Lake, will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 415 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich. A Funeral Mass will be said on Thursday, August 29, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 33 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich. An Interment will follow at Windridge Memorial Park, 7014 S. Rawson Bridge Road, Cary.
After a free-range, rabble-rousing youth in the hills of Ohio, Richard served in the Air Force during Vietnam before settling down in Chicago. He was a renowned fixer of things tiny and large, a middle-of-the-night-kid-rescuer/car-repairer, a foreman of home remodeling projects simple and complex. As an expert fireworks-display-creator, he never once set a fire, and as a logger he was only once almost crushed by a tree. He rarely said no to a challenging project. Everything was a puzzle that could be figured out with enough time.
Richard was the beloved husband of Therese (nee Citro) Dahlem; loving father of Craig, Kristin (Greg), Michael (Daniele), and Christopher (Brie); grandfather of Quinn, CJ, Peyton, and Olivia; cherished brother of Bill and Ken.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Betty (nee Daugherty) Dahlem, and his brothers Gary, Ronald, and Kirk.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.