Vernon Joseph Dahinden was born to Frank and Anna Margaret (Weber) Dahinden on May 15, 1922, at the family homestead south of Joplin. Along with his two older brothers, Bill and Eugene, he attended school in Joplin, where he graduated in 1940.
Vern was deferred from service in WWII to help sustain agricultural effort on home front. When his
brother Eugene returned from the Pacific Theater they ran the farm together and began raising registered Hereford cattle.
Several years later, while visiting big brother Bill in Great Falls, he was introduced to Marjorie Gannon. They were married on November 24, 1951, in Sunburst at St. Thomas
Aquinas Catholic Church. They made their life at the Dahinden farm in Joplin, where over the next several decades they raised six children. In
1994, Vern partially retired from farming and the two moved to Chester.
During his adult life, Vern was very active in his community: He served on the Joplin school board for twelve years; the Liberty Medical Center board of directors; the Federal Home
Loan Bank advisory committee; and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chester.
Vern, however, did not work all the time: He enjoyed bowling and was even on a mixed-league
team with Marjie for several years. His ultimate favorite pastime, though, was watching basketball. He enjoyed seeing his children and
grandchildren play during their growing-up years, but he especially looked forward to watching his Gonzaga college team play on television. A little-known
fact about Vern was that he loved babies and little kids, and often was referred to endearingly as a “baby whisperer.”
Vern is preceded in death by his mother and father, his two older brothers, and twin grandsons Joseph and Lucas Dahinden. His survivors include his children, Anna (Mike) Flynn of Helena; Virginia (Lochiel) Edwards of Big Sandy; Steve (Jill) Dahinden of Joplin; Greg (Susan) Dahinden of Portland, Oregon; Joe (Julie) Dahinden of
Bozeman; and Tom (Tanya) Dahinden of Billings. Surviving grandchildren are Erin, Laura, Katie, Logan, Holly, Kristina, Evan, Tyler, Cody, and Blake;
seven great-grandchildren Evelyn, Molly, Ben, Lochlan, Sean, Graham, and Claire; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Vern passed on August 5, 2020, while surrounded by his wife, children, and several grandchildren.
Vigil services will be Sunday, August 9, at 7pm. Funeral mass will be August 10, at 10:00 AM. Both services will be at St. Mary Catholic Church. A reception will follow the mass outside the church. Immediate family will attend a private burial after reception.