Thief River Falls – Dr. Earl Wallace Dagg, 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
Funeral services will be Monday, Sept 19 at 11 a.m. at the Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with the Rev. Dr. James Shannon of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Grand Forks officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service. Private interment will take place in Greenwood Cemetery.
Earl was born in Winnipeg on Feb. 19, 1925 and was raised in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada. After high school, he served as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. In 1946, he attended University of Manitoba and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. He married Melvine Theodora Bodnar in 1950 and was admitted to medical school. In 1955, he attained his medical degree from University of Manitoba and interned at the Winnipeg General Hospital. Earl enjoyed three years of family practice in Ellendale, North Dakota and in 1958, moved to Salt Lake City to complete a four-year radiological residency at University of Utah.
In 1962, he moved his family to Thief River Falls and reorganized the department of radiology at Northwestern Hospital. Included in his practice were twice weekly visits (often flown in his Cessna 180) to the hospitals in Fosston and Bagley.
He had excellent collegial relationships with doctors Wendt, Van Rooy, Thorsgard, Martin, Scheuneman, Herber, and Bray, to mention a few. Earl stated many times that it was a wonderful time to practice medicine. He believed that Northwestern Hospital administration and staff worked well together planning and implementing state of the art technology.
Earl was an avid reader and enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, and especially family gatherings at the Lake of the Woods cabin. He and Melvine loved to travel and visited many places in the world.
Earl is survived by his loving wife Melvine and four children: Karen (John Lee), John (Mary Kay), Geoffrey (Ruth), and Jim (Tamar), as well as his sister, Arlie McIntosh, of Dauphin, Manitoba. Earl has 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces.
Special thanks to the medical staff at Sanford Hospital for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Father Flannigan’s Boys Town in Boys Town, NE or the charity of choice.