Alexander Verner Dahlin Jr., 92, died on Thursday, Jan. 29, just 13 days after his wife of 68 years, Janice (Shreve) Dahlin, passed away. They lived at Colonial Place in Elkins for the past four years. Prior to that they lived on Sunset Drive in a unique home they built in 1974, which was their pride and joy.
Verner "A.V." was born at Houtzdale, Pa., in 1916 and graduated from the Altoona School of Commerce. He came to West Virginia to work as an accountant for Bethlehem Steel at a mine in Monterville. He was a veteran of World War II and served in France as a staff sergeant. Adept at making friends out of strangers, he worked in insurance sales, and later sold office supplies and furnished schools, banks and offices across West Virginia for McManus Office Supply. He was a wonderful father who was very proud of his Swedish heritage, and he remained sharp and active until the end.
He is survived by his three children and four grandchildren, Alexandra "Sandy" Dahlin of Parkersburg and her two sons, Shawn and Alec Smith; Alexander Verner "Alex" Dahlin III of Durham, N.C.; and Nissa Dahlin-Brown of Knoxville, Tenn., and her husband, George, and children, Marshall and Madeline Brown.
The family does not plan any service, as Verner wished, but will gather in Elkins at a later date to celebrate the lives of Janice and Verner Dahlin. Memorials may be made to the Randolph County Senior Center or the Randolph County Humane Society.