DAN FIALA

d-fiala-web.jpgAloys Daniel “Dan” Fiala died on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at the Kanabec Hospital in Mora. He was 92 years old.

A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at St. Kathryn’s Catholic Church of Ogilvie with Fr. Eugene Plaistad and Rita Clauseman presiding.

VISITATION will be from 4-7pm on Friday, May 29th with a 7pm Rosary Service at St. Kathryn’s Church and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

INTERMENT will be in St. Kathryn’s Church Cemetery.

Fiala, A. Dan, age 92, of Mora MN and Mesa AZ, passed peacefully into the hands of his Lord and Savior Wednesday, May 27 at Kanabec County Hospital in Mora after having succumbed to the effects of a stroke. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia and B. Dan, sisters LaVonia and Loretta, brother Lawrence, and wife of 56 years, Margaret (Muggs). Survived by wife Gretchen, children Douglas (Donna), Michael (Kathy), Mary (Doug) Heins, Thomas (Michelle), Daniel (Debbie); sisters Virginia (James) Goering, Geneva Cleary, brothers Vincent (Marcella), Edward, Quentin (Marlene), James (Barbara), brother-in-law Leonard (Janet) Daniels, and a blessed bevy of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews all of whom he cherished and held so dear.
Dan was born March 20, 1917 in Mora MN where his father had the local Pure Oil Company franchise. After some moves, Dan graduated from Alexandria MN High School in 1935. He attended St. John’s University at Collegeville 1935-1936. He started his illustrious banking career at the Kanabec State Bank in Mora in 1936, later joining the Farmers National Bank in Alexandria in 1941, followed by a move to the bank of Willmar.
He served his country. Dan’s banking career was interrupted by WWII when, in October 1942, he entered the U.S. Army, serving with the 7th Army in France until his discharge in 1945. Following his military service, Dan rejoined the Bank of Willmar as Assistant Cashier until June 1948, when he became Cashier of the Ogilvie State Bank, of which, in 1963, he was elected President. Dan is a 1955 graduate of the Central States Graduate School of Banking at UW Madison, and completed many courses through the American Institute of Banking to advance his financial skills and acumen. He was Treasurer of the Minnesota Bankers Association 1966-1968 and was a member of the Governing Council of the American Bankers Association, Washington DC, for two terms. He held various chairs and sat on numerous committees in state, district, and regional banking and insurance associations throughout his career. Dan retired from banking on January 1, 1989, and was always particularly proud of his status as a 50(+) year banker’.
He served his community. Dan is a charter member of Ogilvie American Legion Post 640 and honorary member of the Knights of Columbus Council 5078. He has served as Kanabec County Savings Bond Chairman and Deputy Registrar of the Selective Service System, and was a volunteer firefighter in Ogilvie for decades.
He served his church. Dan has been an active, lifelong member and supporter of St. Kathryn’s Catholic Church in Ogilvie, serving on the parish council for many years, active in fundraising events (including bingo-calling’ at the annual church bazaar), and providing the core of the altar server cadre for many years (Douglas, Michael, Thomas, Daniel) and at present, the parish’s liturgical director (Mary).
He served people. Perhaps Dan’s most notable achievements are characterized by his tremendous compassion for people. His family, his friends, his clients at the bank. Through his generosity, his understanding, his dedication to his fellow human beings, he has helped countless people weather economic and personal strife and stress, whether by making loans from his bank that people in need couldn’t get anywhere else – when they truly needed it – or, out of his own pocket, which happened on numerous occasions. When people needed help, they came to see Dan. And most of the time – regardless of the risk – Dan was there for them. That’s something that made him an extraordinary human being. Because he loved his neighbor as himself, which he knew to be God’s second most important commandment, a commandment he took literally.
Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, May 30 at St. Kathryn’s Catholic Church in Ogilvie. Fr. Eugene Plaisted and Rita Clasemann officiated. Music was provided by Kris Paulson and Deb Fiala. Pallbearers were Dan’s grandchildren, Tim Fiala, Jeff Fiala, Cheryl Plante, Eric Fiala, Brandon Heins, Corbin Heins, Kailyn Houstsma, Corey Fiala, Lukas Fiala, Matt Fiala and Amy Fiala. Honorary pallbearers were Ronald Naumann, Stan Wheaton, Bill Beery, J.P. Ingebrand, Milan DeWitt and Bob Dahlof. Ogilvie American Legion Post 640 provided military honors. Interment was at St. Kathryn’s Cemetery. Memorials preferred to St. Kathryn’s Catholic Church.

3 guestbook entries for DAN FIALA

  1. Margie Poweer June 1, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    Loved you, Dan, like a brother…………. Margie

  2. Ann Marie (Krafft) Buettner June 3, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    Will always remember summer vacation spent in Mora visiting with family and friends. Always visited Muggs and Dan’s house and have many fond memories of their family. So sorry to hear of his passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Ted and Lisa Troan June 4, 2009 at 7:20 am #

    We are so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. I knew him from SpringBrook Golf Course when I catered there many years ago. He always had a smile, and was always very pleasant when I saw him on Men’s League day. The summary of his life shows his heart was kind and generous, and people don’t forget that kind of person, as it is rare today. The Bible’s promise of seeing our loved ones again in a resurrection (John 5:28, 29) to life is very dear to our hearts, and I hope that can give the family a positive outlook for the future. Our sincere condolances on this sad occassion.

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