James  Dahm

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James Peter Dahm was born September 29, 1935, to Jacob and Effie (Stursma) Dahm, in Peoria, Iowa.
Jim attended Peoria Christian Grade School and graduated from Pella Christian High School. He went on to attend Central College, graduating in 1957, and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1966.
On July 29, 1958, he was united in marriage to Marlene Holleman, in Springfield, South Dakota. They were blessed with three children: Jeffrey, Jane and Sara. In July of 2018 they celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Jim was a physical therapist from 1958 to 1962. He began his dental career working for the U.S. Public Health Services as a prison dentist in the Marion Penitentiary from 1966 to 1968. He then started Dahm Dental in Pella where he worked from 1968 to August 31, 2016, when he retired.
Jim was a long-time member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church where he faithfully served in different roles. He was also a member of the Gideons, Luke Society and of the Pella Kiwanis for 50 years. He enjoyed making poffertjies in his Dutch costume at Tulip Time and volunteering at the wind mill providing tours for guests. He also enjoyed serving as a volunteer for New Life Prison Ministries.
Jim had many interests, some of those were: building model airplanes, whistling, singing gospel, barbershop, choir music, boating and water skiing with his family. He was an avid jogger who ran several half-marathons. He enjoyed gardening for most of his life and sharing the produce with friends and family. Jim enjoyed traveling with his family and visiting friends and relatives on trips. . . always looking forward to and planning the next trip. Jim was a helper. He always loved helping with projects, especially painting. He also loved researching family trees and wrote several books.
Those left to cherish his memory are his three children: Jeffrey Dahm, Jane and Timothy Rozendaal, and Sara and Chuck De Groat; eight grandchildren and his first great-grandchild due in August. Jim is also survived by his sisters: Dorothy Van Kooten of Pella and Estella Vis of Edgerton, Minnesota.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife Marlene (April 26, 2019), his parents Jacob and Effie Dahm, his parents-in-law Bud and Albina Holleman, and his grandchildren: Isaiah and Jasmine Dahm.
Memorial services were held on July 27, 2019, at Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Pella. Memorials may be given to Gideons International or New Life Prison Ministries. The Garden Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Jeffrey Alken
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