Carl C. Dahlquist

September 30, 1947November 13, 2012
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Springfield, IL.

Carl C. Dahlquist, passed from this life on November 13, 2012 in Springfield.

He was born September 30, 1947 in Sterling, IL the son of Neil and Louise Aldrich Dahlquist. His father, a brother Gene, and his first wife of 29 years, Shirley preceded him in death.

As a graduate of Lincoln Christian University he ministered 45 years: Inner city ministry in East Chicago, IN (8 years), Camp Manager of Rock River Christian Camp in Polo, IL (18 years), Camp Manager of Camp Como, Como, CO (11 years) and Camp Manager of Lake Springfield Christian Assembly (2005 to present).

His legacy lives on in the lives of his family and thousands of youth influenced by his love of God, life of service, intentional generosity, and choice of joy in the midst of challenges.

He is survived by his wife Etta "Sunny", his daughter Angela (Les) Britt of Patoka, IL his son Jeff (Ali) Dahlquist of Centralia, IL and his daughter Valisha (Matt) Zimmer of Jacksonville, IL. He is also survived by his mother, Louise Dahlquist of Sterling, IL and sisters Diana Brewster of Colorado Springs, CO, and Shirley Scudder of Rock Falls, IL. His 10 grandchildren were a source of immense joy in Carl's life: Faith, Madison, Makayla, Naomi, Parker, Austin, Levi, Jacob, Katrina, and Landon.

Carl served as Director of the Chicago District Evangelizing Association, received the Restoration Award in 1996 from Lincoln Christian University and in 2010 the Wade Matthews Award for Christian Camp Excellence. He also served the Christian Camp and Conference Association and the Christian Camp Leaders Conference. Carl served as elder and leader at Lakeside Christian Church and various boards of ministry over the years. He always said his goal in life was to be faithful in service to Jesus Christ until the end of this life and God granted him that desire.

Visitation: Friday, November 16, 2012 from 4-7 pm at Lakeside Christian Church 225 Toronto Rd. Springfield, IL Celebration of Life Service: Saturday November 17, 2012 at 3 pm at Lakeside Christian Church with Rev. John Morrissette officiating. A private graveside service will be Saturday morning at the Phillips Cemetery, Streator, IL

In lieu of flowers, those that wish may direct memorial contributions to the Lake Springfield Christian Assembly Eagle Lodge 1674 Lick Creek Lane, Chatham, IL 62629

Please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home 217-544-5424


  • Visitation Friday, November 16, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 17, 2012

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Marilyn Fowler

December 9, 2013

Dear Sunny,
Memories abound at the mention of Carl's name ! My children, Todd & Sarah Beth, "grew up" at RRCC ! They both learned to swim in the pool there. They slept on cots in the Nurses office. Todd mowed and mowed to his heard's content, so happy to be a helper! He died on 11-12-13 in Houston,Texas. Camp days are an important part of Todd's life. Once when visiting with his wife, Rachel, we went down to Camp and he gave her the grand tour, he was so proud of that.
I'm so glad I met you in Riverton Church years ago. We Camp Nurses have to stick together.
God Bless you, Marilyn Day Fowler, Rockford, Illinois.

Tim & Deann Reger

December 6, 2012

Sunny, we just found out about Carl's passing through the CCCA news. Carl was such a special part of the CCCA conventions, and was always a great help to me in getting me volunteers to do whatever I needed to have done.

I always felt that Carl and I had a connection, since he knew my dad (Dale Reger) who ministered for a number of year in Conifer. I know a little of your pain since my dad passed away in August.

Know that our prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss. Carl's sweet smile and servant's heart will be missed.

If there is anything that Deann and I can do from Texas, please let us know. We love you guys.

Praying for you and your family

Tim & Deann Reger
Jan-Kay Ranch Christian Camps
Detroit, Texas

Larry DeBoard

November 22, 2012

God introduce me to Carl and the Dahlquist family at a very important time in my young life. His example helped influence my life's direction and I am a better man for having known him. What a gift to those of us that were blessed with being able to spend time with him.

Ruth & TJ Mohr

November 19, 2012

Jeff & Angie and many wonderful memories at Rock River Christian Camp. It's hard to imagine all the lives that were touched because of your parents obedience to the call of serving the Lord in Christian Camping. We are so grateful. Sorry that we were not able to be there to share in the celebration of Carl's life. I am sure it was quite the celebration. May God comfort you in the coming days. TJ & Ruth Mohr

November 17, 2012

Dear Jeff & Angela,
I am so sad to hear of your Dad's passing. Hard to believe !
I watched you kids grow up at RRCC...Oh what fun we had.
Sunny, I fondly remember meeting you at Riverton Church
for a Mother & Daughter Banquet. I was so pleased to know
Carl married "the Camp Nurse". Working from '60-'90 @ RRCC, I have such wonderful memories of Carl & Shirley & the kids.
May your memories help to comfort you in the days to come.
My sincere sympathy to all. Marilyn Day Fowler, R.N.

Laurie Asbell

November 17, 2012

Sunny & family,
Carl was the one that got the Asbell family involved in camp ministry at Camp Como, Colorado. When I asked him how I could help, he asked me to be a trustee. My term expired after seven years, then my husband Steve came on as a trustee. My son Zane applied and worked at Camp Como last summer. We all are devoted to the camp and to this ministry because of Carl. Although we have only kept up with Christmas cards, you have always been special to our family. May God be with you all. Laurie Asbell

Melinda Norman

November 17, 2012

Your in our thoughts and prayers.
Phil, Melinda, Jacob and Ruth

November 17, 2012

We first met Carl when he started dating Shirley Kruse, our Christian Education Director at Central Church of Christ in Streator. We followed their romance until they got married in the summer of 1968 and their lives since even though we moved to Arizona shortly thereafter. Though it has been many years, we have fond memories of those times. We extend our love and sympathy to his children and Sunny. Dean and Pat Sloniger, Joliet, IL

Ron Ritchey

November 17, 2012

Dear Sunny and all of Carl's family. We just learned of Carl's passing. Ed and Louise Furnas sent us a text message. How glad Ellen and I are that we could visit you at LSCA, that I could talk with Carl again as well as with you, Sunny. I had forgotten that I am one day older than Carl. How blessed to know that Carl is at home with the Lord, though we grieve at his parting from us here on earth. May God's Spirit comfort you all as you rejoice in Carl's life here on earth and look forward to joining him in eternal life with the Lord---Ron and Ellen Ritchey

Diana Brewster

November 17, 2012

Sunny, Angie and Jeff and all the children from Aunt Diana, I am unable to come at this time, I just want to say to you all what a wonderful man God has given to all of you, I cry before God and say what a wonderful man, my brother that has come home to you, I hold you in my prayers and in my heart. I will always carry my brother in my heart along with his beautiful smile and his love. I will miss my brother so much. My love to you all.