Greg Rosendahl

Greg “Rosie” Rosendahl, 61, of Waukon, lost his battle with cancer Sunday, December 28, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 3 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon with Rev. Lynn G. Groe officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Waterloo Ridge Cemetery, Dorchester. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.
Gregory James Rosendahl was born September 10, 1953 in Caledonia, MN, the son of Eddie and Mary (Nierling) Rosendahl. He was baptized and confirmed at Waterloo Ridge Church in Dorchester. Greg attended school in Dorchester and later in Waukon, graduating from Waukon High School in 1971; he later attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. After graduation, Greg enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 1971-1975; he was primarily stationed in New Mexico and served in the Philippines in the military police. In 1975, Greg joined the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department and worked there for 22 years; he retired in 1997 as the Chief Deputy. September 28, 1985, Greg married Shirleen “Sam” (Fritz) Moe at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon, and together they entered into many adventures. They started the Classic Lube and Wash and later Greg managed the Ship Shape Carwash in Onalaska, WI, for five years. He then worked for Dan McMillan for a while until Dan’s death. Greg and Sam purchased Danny Mac’s Junkyard and Wrecker Service; Greg’s passion was working with the wreckers, day or night. They eventually sold the junkyard and Greg worked from home running the wrecker service. In 2012, they sold the wrecker business when Greg developed health issues.
Greg and Sam took many trips, including to Jamaica, and have very fond memories of their time in Ireland. Greg got to fulfill his dream of seeing a live NASCAR race when he went to the Daytona 500 this year and later went to Texas to his grandson’s graduation. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon and belonged to the American Legion in Spring Grove, MN, for 22 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR, and was a big supporter of the Iowa Lottery. He liked working on cars and going on car cruises; he started the first classic car cruise in Waukon. Mostly, Greg really loved spending time with his kids and grandkids.
Greg is survived by his wife, Shirleen “Sam” of Waukon; his children, Aimee Alverez and Jeannie Hill, both of Texas City, TX, James (Pamela) Rosendahl of Waukon, Conrad Rosendahl of Lansing, Dawn Burr of Lone Tree, and Shawn (Jodie) Moe of Waukon; 19 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bruce (Chris) Rosendahl of Georgia and Tony Rosendahl of Caledonia, MN; and two sisters, Debbie (Richard) Servias of Dakota, MN, and Melody (Eddie) Scaglione of Tampa, FL.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Nicole Rosendahl; and his brother, Avery Rosendahl.
Honorary casketbearers are Allamakee Law Enforcement, Beth, Korine, and Jen McCormick, Kendrin and Ross Greedes, Kenzie Rae, Andrea Beneke, Rose Beardmore, and Sue Schulte. Casketbearers are Tom, Kyle, and Kale McCormick, Brad Beneke, Kenny Beardmore, Jerry Schulte, Ronnie Beardmore and Al Buege.
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