Dean Leroy Bentzinger

Born: Fri., Nov. 1, 1929
Died: Sun., Feb. 10, 2019

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Fri., Feb. 15, 2019
Location: Second Church of Christ, Scientist


12:30 PM Fri., Feb. 15, 2019
Location: Our Lady of Carter Lake Catholic Church Social Hall

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Dean Bentzinger, age 89 of Omaha, NE passed away on Monday, February 10, 2019 at the Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha.

Dean was born in Lamar, Nebraska on November 1, 1929 to Amelia and Albert Bentzinger. Dean married his forever love, Hedy Hess, from Darmstadt-Eberstadt, Germany on June 24, 1950. They had seven children: Chris, Linda (Doug Barton), Diana (Jim Ferraguti), Eric (Monica), Tina (Lee Grauf), Sonja (Phillip Pedersen),and Kirk (Kirsti). Dean had 24 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Hedy, brother Lavern, and sisters Opal and Leta.

Dean served in the Army from 1948 until 1954 when he met Hedy in Germany. He volunteered as a TRIAD coordinator for 31 years and the State Patrol Motorist Assist Program for over 19 years. He also served 6 years as the AARP Asst. State Coordinator. Dean earned 3 safe driving awards as an over-the-road professional driver. At the time of his passing, he was the only surviving driver in the state of Nebraska with 3 million accident-free miles. Dean was a proud member of the Heimat Tanzers traditional German dance group of the Omaha German American Society.

Donations may be made to the Omaha Motorists Assist Program.

The Bentzinger family invites those attending the services to a reception to follow at Our Lady of Carter Lake Catholic Church Social Hall; 3501 N. 9th St. Carter Lake, Iowa.

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Fran Knapp Kilty
   Posted Wed February 13, 2019
My deepest sympathies on the loss of Dean. I have many fond and happy memories of him at the GAS - as sometime partner, teacher, and jokester, as Hedy’s loving husband, and as a loving father. He was a lovely man, and someone I was proud to call “friend”. May he Rest In Peace.

Kathy Stokes
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
I was sorry to hear that Dean passed away. You have my deepest sympathy. Dean had a zest for life. God bless you at this sad time.

Mike LaPuzza
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
Very sorry for your loss, great to have spoken with him at Mama"s Pizza last summer, super nice guy!

Rose White
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
I admired Dean for so many reasons . . . his love of family especially his beloved wife, his compassion and joy in serving others. He set an example for all of us to follow. My heartfelt condolences to all of those who knew and loved him. I will miss receiving his beautiful poems.

Francis Fastje
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
My condolences to the family. I am lucky to have been able to meet Dean and a better person for it.
Rest in peace.

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