Daniel Lewis Lien, age 73, died Monday, October 29, 2018, at his home in Amery, Wisconsin.
Daniel was the son of Daryl and Lois Lien and grew up just about across the street from Amery High School where his father was Superintendent. The coincidence may have influenced him to become a teacher. At Amery High School, Dan met Margaret (Margee) Frank from Deer Park, and just this summer in June 2018, they happily celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Dan attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history. After Dan & Margee were married, they lived in Osceola, Wisconsin, where Margee taught English and Dan taught history in Somerset, Wisconsin, and later in Stillwater, Minnesota. They worked hard and saved their money to fulfill their mutual dream of traveling Europe. In 1973, they were able to take a sabbatical from their jobs and spent a year traveling, seeing the sights of London and then Spain and France, finally living in Montpelier, France where they attended language school. They also visited the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland, where Margee’s grandparents immigrated from. Before Dan and Margee returned home to resume teaching before their first son, Andrew, was born in 1976.
In 1978, Dan was chosen to be one of 100 secondary teachers in the nation selected to trade teaching assignments with British teachers for the school year through the Fullbright Scholar Exchange. In this program Dan could bring his family and live and teach in Portsmouth, England. Dan, along with other visiting teachers was honored to have the opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth. The highlight of the year, however, was the birth of their second son, Peter.
Daniel taught history for 13 years before he began his career in banking. In 1982 he began working at Bremer Bank and in 1994, Dan became president and marketing manager of Amery Bremer Bank until he retired in 2001. Upon retiring, he was awarded the Bremer Legacy Award recognizing his contributions to the bank and the Amery Community.
Daniel was an active participant in the Amery Community. He loved his city and was committed to its betterment and growth. He was a 10 year member of the City Council, president of the Amery Community Club, a founding member of the Amery Area Community Foundation and director of the Amery Area United Way for twenty years and a founding member of the St. Croix Valley Community Foundation.
In 1993, Dan was honored to become a member of the Board of Directors of the Amery Regional Medical Center. He received the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Trustee of the year award in 2018. He also served as president of the Amery Cemetery Board.
In their retirement years, Dan & Margee enjoyed traveling and camping and just being together. Dan loved his six grandchildren and they loved his teasing and jokes. Through the years, he fined his cooking skills and made many wonderful meals for Margee, his family and friends.
Dan loved people and easily made friends wherever he went. Above all, Dan was kind, compassionate and endless fun. He will be deeply missed by his family and by many in the community.
Dan is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margaret Frank, his sister, Mary (Forrest) Broderius: their daughter, Katherine (Jonathan) Norrie; son, Andrew (Angela) Lien, a son, Peter (Amanda) Lien; Grandsons, Tierney Lien, Salvatore Lien and Kabriel Foster; granddaughters, Isabella Lien, Clementine Lien, Nora Lien; sister-in-law, Lona Jean (Frank) DeLong. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daryl and Lois Lien; and a brother-in-law, Bruce DeLong.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 2 – 6 PM. A remembrance service for family and friends will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 2 PM.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the charity of your choice.
To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute please visit www.williamsonwhite.com
Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 222 Harriman Avenue North Amery, Wisconsin.