Joseph Dahl, 52, of St. James, Minnesota died on Thursday, December 24, 2009 in St. James.

    Joseph Dahl, 52, of St. James, Minnesota died on Thursday, December 24, 2009 in St. James.
    Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Thomas Cook and Con-Celebrant Father Eberhard Schefers officiating. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in St. James.
    Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home in St. James with a rosary at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.
    Joseph Alphonse Dahl was born on July 1, 1957 to Elmer and Geraldine (Fuchs) Dahl in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They moved to Maple Lake where he attended and graduated from Annandale High School in 1975. He moved to Paynesville after graduation and started to do “ride alongs” with the Paynesville Police Department. He attended Arden Hills Training Center for Law Enforcement. His first job was in Canby before being hired by the Watonwan County Sheriff’s Department in 1978, where he served for 30 years, serving as Sheriff from 1999-2003. While on patrol in 1978 he stopped a speeder, Karen Kuehl whom he married on September 15, 1979.
    Joe’s family and law enforcement were his life. He had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone in need or less fortunate than he was. He loved to fly and learned this at age 40. He also got a tattoo to represent Law Enforcement “Una Stamos” (we are one). He collected some unusual things over the years and hated to hunt but loved sharing this adventure with his children. He enjoyed a fun game of golf as well. He was looking forward to fishing on the Missouri river.
    Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Karen; children, Amber (Brandon) Winch and son, Trevon, Sara Dahl and friend Justin Coyne U.S. NAVY Guam, Matthew and Michael still at home; brothers, James and Margaret Dahl of Delano, MN, John and Kim Dahl of Spicer, MN, Jeff and Jackie Dahl of Belgrade, MN, Jerome Dahl of Paynesville, MN, Jason Dahl and Michelle Wyatt of Cold Spring, MN and Jack and Peggy Dahl of Paynesville, MN; sister, Jo Ann and Denny Spaulding of Paynesville, MN; brothers-in-law, David and Susan Kuehl of Silverdale, WA, Keith and Mary Ann Kuehl of Winona, MN, Dwight and Betty Kuehl of St. James, MN and Kevin and Lauree Kuehl of Trimont, MN and sister-in-law, Dawn and Trevor Nau of St. James, MN and their families.
    Joe was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; sister, Mary Dahl; brother, Jacob Dahl; grandson, Aiden Winch and parents-in-law, Owen and  Margaret Kuehl.
    Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. Email condolences may be sent at