AITKIN -- Norman E. Dybdahl, 80, Aitkin, formerly of Robbinsdale, died Sunday, May 25, 2003, at the North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
He was born March 9, 1923, in Minneapolis, to Gerhard and Beda (Anderson) Dybdahl. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis, graduating from South High School in 1941. He served in the Army Air Corps. He served with the 8th Air Force 92nd Bombing Group. He was a navigator in a B17 and flew 35 missions over Europe. He received the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Upon his discharge, he returned home. He married Catherine V. Christensen on Sept. 26, 1945, in Richfield. He attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1948 with a business degree. He worked for the state and lived in Robbinsdale. Working for the state, he served as business manager at the Sandstone State Hospital, analyst for the Legislative Research Committee, state budget director, Minnesota State College System vice chancellor and deputy commissioner of finance, retiring in 1984. They moved to Aitkin in 1986. He was an Aitkin American Legion Post member.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Jay Dybdahl, Plymouth, Chris Dybdahl, Elk River, Steve Dybdahl, Golden Valley; two daughters, Susan Dybdahl, Cave Creek, Ariz., and Cheryl Gullickson, Robbinsdale; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Geraldine Hanson, Mississippi, and Barb Augustin, New Hope.
A daughter, Debra, and four brothers, Vincent, Gerry, Earl, Adrian and a sister, Marion, died earlier.
Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with the Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin American Legion and VFW posts.
Friends may call one hour before the services at the funeral home. Memorials are preferred to the North Hospice Unit at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
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