Dan Bennington, age 22 of Fort Carson, Colo. and formerly of Hutchinson, passed away Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at the University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, Colo.
Dan was born March 4, 1977, in Hutchinson, Minn. He was baptized as an infant at Peace Lutheran Church, Hutchinson, and attended Brownton High School through the seventh grade. He graduated from the Houston High School in 1995.
In high school, Dan wrestled and played football. He was an Academic All American and a member of the National Honor Society. His special interests were coin collecting, fishing, hunting, and spending time outdoors. He also enjoyed his dog, Chico.
Dan joined the National Guard in 1994, and he later joined the United States Army, in 1996. He was stationed at Fort Carson Military Base and was assigned to military intelligence.
At the time of his death, Dan had reached the age of 22 years, eight months, and 10 days. He is survived by his father, Robert Bennington and "Mom" Lynda Bennington of Brownton; his mother, Cindy Roufs and step-father, Steven Roufs, of Winsted; soul mate/special friend, Tanya Kingsley of Houston, Minn.; sisters, Cecily Smoldt, Angela DeMars, and husband, Joe; Keri Jessen and husband, Jared; Becca Roufs, and Hannah Roufs.
He is further survived by nieces and nephews, Zack Hinze, Kiersten Hinze, Mason DeMars, Jordan Jessen, Kambri Jessen, and Michael Reilein; grandmothers, Darlene Halstead and LaVonne Wilke; many aunts and uncles, other relatives and friends.
Dan was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, 2 p.m., from Grace Lutheran Church, Brownton, with the Rev. Andrew Hermodson-Olson officiating. The organist was Elsie Mae Jensen. The soloist, Rosine Hermodson-Olson sang "Nearer My God To Thee," and "In The Garden." Congregational hymns were "Rock of Ages" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives."
Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Brownton. Casket bearers were John Gonzales, Joe DeMars, Keith Reilein, Bill Neubarth, Jered Jessen, and Scott Duellman.
Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson handled the arrangements.
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