2018-08-08 / Front Page

Crash victim remembered

‘He’d do anything for anybody’
BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com


Lifelong Imlay City resident Rick Dahn died Friday doing what he enjoyed most, riding his motorcycle. Lifelong Imlay City resident Rick Dahn died Friday doing what he enjoyed most, riding his motorcycle. IMLAY CITY — Lifelong Imlay City-area resident Rick Dahn was headed to the bank to deposit checks for the Imlay City Eagles Club, where he was a trustee, Friday morning. He never made it.

The 54-year-old fork-lift driver died when a Shelby Township man turned left from southbound South Cedar Street into the Big Boy restaurant, slamming into Dahn’s recently purchased Harley- Davidson motorcycle with a Jeep as he was headed north on the street.

A memorial service for Dahn is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 9) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Imlay City, with the Rev. Alan Casillas officiating.

The Dahn family has deep roots in Imlay City. Dahn’s sister, Jackie Rondo of Houghton Lake, said their grandmother who was born and raised in Imlay City died 19 years ago at the age of 100. Dahn was a 1983 graduate of Imlay City High School.


Rick Dahn, who died Friday, loved his French bulldog, Dozer. His sister, Jackie Rondo, is taking the dog in. 
Submitted photo Rick Dahn, who died Friday, loved his French bulldog, Dozer. His sister, Jackie Rondo, is taking the dog in. Submitted photo Bob Muir noted Dahn’s uncle Neal ran an HVAC business for years in Imlay City and his father, Jack, once worked at the Ford dealership. “They’re a well-known family in the community,” he said.

Rondo said her brother never had any children of his own, but treated all his nieces and nephews and his recently acquired French bulldog Dozer, like his kids. “He’d do anything for anybody,” she said.

Dahn, said his sister Karla Dahn of Almont, rode motorcycles his entire adult life and had a passion for doing charity motorcycle rides. “We all used to ride as a family,” said his brother, Kurt Dahn of Attica.

“He looked like the king of the world riding around on his Harley with that yellow gas tank,” recalled Muir.

Along with motorcycles, she said he enjoyed watching television, flirting and junk food. “He loved his junk food,” she said, adding his was especially fond of chocolate.

Rondo said her brother never had a house of his own, but instead moved from family member to family member. Karla said he’d been living at her house in Almont, but “he really was an Imlay City resident,” and spent a lot of time at the Eagles Club on South Almont Avenue.

Kurt said his brother had been an Eagle for 33 years and a trustee for the club for two months. He said everyone in the family is an Eagle.

Rondo said Dahn had recently gone on disability with neck and back problems and wasn’t working at the time of his death.

Rondo said that while her brother was a lifelong bachelor and had no kids of his own, he “was a family man.” She said, “He never wanted to be by himself.”

Dahn is survived by four sisters, four brothers as well as by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Sharon Dahn.

Dahn’s family will be available for visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 200 N. Cedar St. in Imlay City.

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