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Merlin Dahlheimer
Merlin Dahlheimer
Birth: 25 January 1915
Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Death: 10 December 2021
Elk River, Minnesota, USA
Age: 106 years, 319 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Merlin John Dahlheimer (25 January 1915 – 10 December 2021) was an American centenarian who was one of oldest known living men in Minnesota at the time of his death. He was the son of validated supercentenarian Delvina Dahlheimer and the nephew of validated supercentenarian Catherine Hagel.


Dahlheimer was born in Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA on 25 January 1915. His parents were Phillip Dahlheimer and Delvina Dahlheimer (née Morrisette). He had six siblings.

At the age of 8, Dahlheimer was diagnosed with appendicitis. His surgery was with a doctor who unfortunately had lost his glasses. A nurse had to run for help at a different hospital to get another doctor to operate.

He studied until the eighth grade, when he started to work on the farm.

He married Mildred Weber in Fletcher, Hassan Township, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA on 24 May 1938. The couple had 12 children.

He retired in 1965 at the age of 62. Mildred died in 1991 at the age of 73.

On 19 January 2021, at the age of 105 (almost 106), he received his COVID-19 vaccine.

Dahlheimer had long lived ancestors on both sides of his family: his mother Delvina Dahlheimer (1888–2002) lived to be 113, his maternal grandmother Eugenia Morrisette lived to be 100, his maternal aunt Rose Dahlheimer lived to be 100, his paternal grandfather John Dahlheimer lived to be 95 and his paternal aunt Catherine Hagel (1894–2008) lived to be 114. In addition, his brother Irwin Dahlheimer lived to be 97, his sister Florence Johnson lived to be 92 and his paternal cousin (Hagel's daughter) Cecilia Gulczinski (1918–2020) lived to be 102.

Dahlheimer outlived both sons, a daughter-in-law, and a 48-year-old grandson. He lived at Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River.

Dahlheimer died in Elk River, Minnesota, USA on 10 December 2021 at the age of 106 years, 319 days. He was survived by two brothers Doug and Maurice; 11 children Pete, Carmen Berning, Jan Murray, Marcia Heath, Mike, Joe, Chuck, Phil, Sharon Henke, Jim, Renee Thayer; 29 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.