Lawrence Wilhelmson

Lawrence Daniel (Dan) Wilhelmson, 85, passed away peacefully May 7, 2024, surrounded by his loving family at his home.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 19, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Lake Park, followed by a celebration of life at the home of Kristi Hanson and Dean Bresciani, 14752 Victory Lane, Lake Park, MN 56554.

Lawrence  was born February 20, 1939 to Norman and Mildred Wilhelmson in Staples. Affectionately known as Dan, Lawrence lived a full life driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, deep faith and love for his family.

After graduating from Staples High School in 1947, Dan embarked on a journey leading him to various telecommunications industry roles, His career path began as a lineman climbing telephone poles before his honorable service in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, where he received commendations for his selfless dedication to his country.

Dan’s professional journey culminated in a 28-year tenure with Northwestern Bell (later U.S. West). where he held several positions of increasing responsibility. His dedication and leadership skills were further honed when he transitioned to Consolidated Telephone Cooperative (CTC) as CEO and General Manager, guiding the company to new heights and earning industry recognition.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Dan’s unwavering commitment to his Catholic faith was a cornerstone of his life. He served as the State Deputy for the Knights of Columbus, a testament to his deep-rooted values and dedication to his community. After retiring, Dan and his wife, Kathleen, resided in Dickinson, ND and later Palm Desert, where he enjoyed golfing and cherished gatherings with friends.

Dan is survived by four daughters, Kristi (Dean Bresciani), Karin (John Stoner), Cheri (Brad Qvale) and Jennifer; two grandsons, Blaine and Robert; one sister, Julieanne; three brothers, Tim, Michael and Patrick and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kathleen; parents and one sister, Marilee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the NDSU Foundation for the L. Dan and Kathleen Wilhelmson Athletic Scholarship, a cause close to Dan’s heart. For those who wish to donate, visit https://www.givetondsu.come/give to contribute to this meaningful scholarship fund. At Designation, scroll down to “Other,” then enter “L. Dan and Kathleen Wilhelmson Athletic Scholarship.”

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