We Remember Our Ultimate Memory Maker

Chuck Dahlgren, our beloved Founder & CEO, passed away on Monday, October 10, 2022.

Our hearts are broken.

Charles Parks Dahlgren (February 22, 1952 – October 10, 2022) passed away at age 70 from complications during heart surgery. He was known as Chuck or Charlie. He was born in Olivia, MN, and grew up in Bird Island, MN. Chuck attended Concordia College and then farmed in Bird Island through 1982. In 1982, he enrolled in college again and obtained a degree in accounting in 1984, after which he became a CPA. He worked as an accountant and then as a Chief of Operations for a construction company before purchasing Ice Nine Glass Design in 1992. Ice Nine Glass Design was renamed to Crystal D, and it is where he made his impact on the world. His biggest accomplishments were found in his relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and employees that he called Memory Makers. Chuck was known for his passion for his work, drive and determination, love of learning, constant personal development, faith in Jesus, and love of family and the lake.

He is survived by many. Jeanne Dahlgren, his beloved wife; three daughters; and many grandchildren: Audra and Matthew Lehnert, and their children, Nolan, Ryan, Ruby, and Grace; Bridget Dahlgren and her daughter, Madison; Crystal and Garrett Hoelzel, and their children, Olivia, Boaz, Viviana, Simeon, and Malachi. His siblings: Suzi and John Nelson, Rick and Margaret Dahlgren, Patti and Ron Peterson, Nancy Jurgensen, Kathy and Tom Krantz, and Gretchen and Howard Anderson; along with dozens of nieces and nephews.

A funeral and tribute to Chuck’s life is planned for Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 2pm at Vadnais Heights Commons, 655 County Rd. F E., Vadnais Heights, MN 55127. All are welcome. Condolence gifts can be sent to Vadnais Heights Commons on October 25 between 9am and 11am.

If you’d like to send condolences to the Crystal D Memory Makers and/or Chuck’s family, please use one of these options:

Private Voicemail: 651-925-3499
Private Email: DahlgrenFamily@crystal-d.com
Flowers & Gifts: 505 Atwater Circle, St. Paul, MN 55103

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  • Reply Jean Chrysler

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos of Chuck. He was a terrific friend, neighbor, and card player.
    His family and his team at Crystal D meant the world to Chuck. He will be missed by many.

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  • Reply Jesse Pageant

    Without hyperbole I can say Chuck was a force of nature. His drive, focus and raw energy is something rare indeed….and the world is lessened by his passing. I have worked many places but have always held Crystal D is THE gold standard in culture, and that began at Chuck’s door.

    at 10:25 pm
  • Reply Rena Ashfeld

    Chuck was a force to be reckoned with, with his charming smile & booming voice he will be missed by so many. My heart id with his family and his work family during this difficult time.

    at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Robby Richards

    Chuck always had a smile on his face and I’m sure he is still smiling in heaven. Although you will be missed here on earth I’m sure we will meet again my friend, God bless you Chuck

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  • Reply Dan Ball

    Awesome photo gallery of Chuck. Thank you for sharing. The photos captured his smile, passion for family and friends and his overall love for life. He has made a lasting business and personal imprint on this world. He will be missed but never forgotten.

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  • Reply Julie Keyes

    You have all been in my prayers and will remain. The Celebration of Life for Chuck was outstanding. You clearly spent a great deal of time creating and organizing it! It was an exemplary testament to the legacy he left behind. Peace and prayers, Julie Keyes

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  • Reply Sherry Mason

    What a beautiful tribute his celebration of life was for all of us!Lots of emotions came through of love,laughter,tears as we were lucky enough to share his life with friends and family through this priceless ceremony.

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  • Reply Tom Harris

    So sorry to have read about the passing of Chuck. A little late. But not too late to say how I will always be grateful to the man for taking a chance on me taking over the Art Dept. at Crystal D. Essentially giving a career to someone who just two months earlier couldn’t even turn on a computer. He was a very important person to many. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and employees.

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