September 5, 2017

Thomas A. Dahlgren

Dahlgren, Thomas

Thomas Albert Dahlgren, age 64, of Lincoln passed away September 5, 2017.  He was born September 20, 1952, in York, Nebraska, to Harry A. and Irene H. (Ellermeier) Dahlgren.  Tom graduated from York High School in 1970, and also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1975 and his Master’s in Business Administration from Touro University in 2003. 

A member of the National Guard for more than 40 years, Tom left for basic training just three days after graduating high school. He enjoyed a 35-year career with the U.S. Property and Fiscal Office with the Nebraska National Guard and later spent three years serving with the United States Virgin Islands National Guard in St. Croix. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 5 in 2012. After his retirement, Tom spent much of his time on the golf course and was an extremely proud “Papa” to his two granddaughters.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Judy (Reetz) Dahlgren of Lincoln, sons and daughters-in-law Jerod Dahlgren and Tanya Wright, and their daughter Hadley Dahlgren of Grand Island, New York; and Eric and Jamie Dahlgren, and their daughter Taylor Dahlgren of Urbandale, Iowa.  Brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Barb Dahlgren of Lincoln.  Step-mother, Elaine Dahlgren of York.  Step-brother and spouse, Chuck and Rita Pfenning of Lincoln; step-sister and spouse, Jo and Gary Warren of Aurora, Nebraska.  Tom was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation with family will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017, at Wyuka Funeral Home from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Southwood Lutheran Church, 9300 S. 40th Street, Lincoln.

Private family inurnment at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials to the National Parkinson Foundation,




  1. So very sorry to hear this sad news. My memories of Tom are all good. He was always the “nice” guy in the group. I feel good that I saw him at the last reunion but regret that I didn’t spend more time. I know you feel a tremendous loss, because it is. My heart is with you at this time.

  2. May loving memories ease your loss and bring you comfort.
    Having known Tom throughout our Guard careers and the golf course, I always respected the professionalism and common sense way he went about what he did.
    He will be missed.

  3. Judy, I’ve been thinking of you non-stop since I heard of Tom’s passing. It’s so hard to let go of your partner, lover and friend after so many wonderful years together. I pray for you and your family and hope you can cherish the memories and good times. Love, Holly

  4. Thoughts and prayers to Judy and the kids and grand kids. I worked with Tom for many years at the USP&FO and I have always respected him as a soldier and contracting officer, but more importantly as a good, honest and caring person. I feel blessed to have known him.

  5. Dick, Barb and family—we are so sorry to learn of the passing of your brother and brother-in-law. Please know that our sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May the good memories you have help sustain you during this time of grief.

  6. Our Sincere Sympathy to you Judy and your family. May Memories that mean the most to you live forever in your heart.
    God be with you and Bless you,
    Patsy and Jerry

  7. I am not sure I ever met Thomas Dahlgren, but I will purchase a wreath through Wreaths Across America for him this year at Wyuka. The Wreaths mission is REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those who served and their families, and TEACH our children and youth about the commitment and sacrifice men and women have made to protect our freedoms.Wreaths will be laid on Saturday, December 16. Please let me know if you would like to place the wreath yourself, and I will save one wreath back for you. Diane Bartels 402-429-3342

  8. I am so sorry for your loss.

  9. I worked with Tom for many years in the Nebraska Army National Guard as part of the USPFO organization. I would seek his advice and expertise on contracting issues. Tom was always willing to help and very professional. He was great person to work with. My condolences and prayers to Tom’s family during this difficult time.

  10. Judy and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy Merle and Sandi Bethune

  11. Had the pleasure to deal with Mr. D during some of the ANG Base construction projects. He was definitely one of the good guys. RIP Mr. D.

  12. Dahlgren family,
    I was so surprised and saddened with the passing Tom. I worked next to Tom (USPFO) for several years and followed his live events for years after that whenever our paths crossed. I have wonderful memories of a truly honest, sincere, and dedicated man who loved his family and country dearly. Deepest sympathies for your loss but know that he touched countless lives in a very positive manner.

  13. I am very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a very good friend to me for many years and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him when I was at the Nebraska Air National Guard. He even assisted with a couple of the training courses that I put together for the Air National Guard Civil Engineering community after I began my current job with the National Guard Bureau. My prayers are with Tom’s family. Rest in Peace my Friend.

  14. My deepest condolences to the family. Remember you are not alone at this difficult time. “God is our refuge and strength, a help readily found in times of distress.” Psalm 46:1


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