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Delmer G. Bentz, 59

Delmer G. Bentz, age 59, of Lester Prairie, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at his home.

He was born June 2, 1952, in Lester Prairie, the son of Albert and Edna (Quast) Bentz.

A faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted, Delmer served as an elder for many years.

He was a member of UFFDA for over 16 years, and truly enjoyed hunting and motorcycles (especially Harley Davidson).

Delmer was preceded in death by his father, Albert Bentz; sister Marlene (Bentz) Schuette; brothers Harlan and Ronnie Bentz; father-in-law Earl Stieve; mother-in-law Doris Kutzke Stieve; and brothers-in-law Steven Stieve, Earl Holasek Jr., Ronald Voight, and Virgil Schuette.

He is survived by his wife, Bonita (Stieve) Bentz; his children, Jody Lynn (Jorge) Salgado, and Dustin Ted (special friend Erica Powell) Bentz; one grandson on the way; his mother, Edna Bentz of Norwood; siblings Theodore (Marlene), Merlin (Judith), Marlane (Richard) Venske, Shirley (Richard) Gehlen, Sharon Holasek, Al (Brenda), Dianna (Roger) Lepel, and Linda (Ronald) Knox; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Karen Bentz, Charlotte (Les) Hahn, Clyde (Linda) Stieve, Cindy (Ken) Klein, Clark (Joy) Stieve, Brenda (Greg) Bury, and Debbie Stieve; as well as other relatives and friends.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted.

Visitation was Friday, Feb. 24 at the church from 4 to 8 p.m., and continued Saturday morning one hour prior to the service.

Casket bearers were Robert Lepel, nephew; Brian Lepel, nephew and godson; Ronald Knox Jr., nephew and godson; Richard Gehlen Jr., nephew; Jeff Engelke, friend; and Mark Warner, friend.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted assisted the family with arrangements.