Dean Bentzinger, age 89, Omaha, NE. MEMORIAL SERVICE: Friday 15 February 11am Second Church of Christ, Scientist, 9124 Bedford Ave., Omaha, NE 68134 followed by RECEPTION: Luncheon at Our Lady of Carter Lake Catholic Church, 3501 N. 9th St. Carter Lake, IA. Interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
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.
Gude Mortuary in Nebr. City is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.