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Harold L. Benter
September 2, 1927 - March 30, 2012

Harold L. Benter, 84, of Oelwein died Friday evening on March 30, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be at 10:30AM on Wednesday, April 4 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein with Rev. Leo Combs-Lay officiating.  Visitation will be from 4-7PM on Tuesday, April 3 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home and at the church for one hour before the services.  He will be laid to rest in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the American Legion, Ross Reid Post 9 Honor Guard of Oelwein.

Harold was born on September 2, 1927 in Waucoma, Iowa, the son of George and Lillian (Lewig) Benter.  He attended Hawkeye public School.  He went to worked at Wilson Packing Plant in Cedar Rapids.  He then served his country in the United States Army, where he received his Automotive Technician training.

On June 24, 1947 Harold was united in marriage with Berna Deane Murray at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye.  Harold and Berna Deane made their home in Oelwein, where Harold was an Automotive Technician at Iowa Motor Company for 42 years, retiring in 1989.  Following retirement, Harold worked at DeKalb for 10 years, as well as Kleppe’s Auto for 5 years.

Harold was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he and his sons were ushers for many years.  He was a member of the American Legion Ross Reid Post 9 in Oelwein.

Harold and Berna Deane spent many years camping at Lake Delhi and at Paradise Valley in Garnavillo while their children where growing up.  Following retirement, they spent 6 years, during the winter months, in Arizona.  They loved to watch all sports, playing cards, dancing, fishing, and traveling.

Harold loved spending time with his family, and would love to sing out “Together Again” by Buck Owens.

Harold will be dearly missed by all who knew, and continue to love him.

Left to celebrate Harold’s life is his wife of 64 years, Berna Deane Benter of Oelwein; his children: Russell (Diane) Benter, Carolyn (Steve) Coselman, Dean (Linda) Benter-all of Oelwein, and Debra (Jim) Baskerville of Marshalltown; 12 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 8 step-great grandchildren; his brother Leonard (Betty) Benter of Oelwein; his sister-in-law Connie Murray of Marion; and many beloved Nieces and Nephews.

In death, Harold has rejoined his parents, and his infant son Richard. 


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Denny and Marcia Pepin on April 4, 2012 at 5:45 PM said:

Sorry to hear of your loss. Our sincere condolences to Harold's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bert & Tony Brink on April 4, 2012 at 4:24 PM said:

Just read the sad news. Our deepest sympathy to all the Benter family.
Jim & Georgie Weatherbee on April 4, 2012 at 2:03 PM said:

BernaDeane, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We know that God will give you the strength to face each day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sheryl & Dick Gosse & families on April 3, 2012 at 1:54 PM said:

BernaDeane,Carolyn & rest of family: We are sad for Harold's passing. He is now at peace & can now sing his songs to other angels in heaven. Harold truly enjoyed his family, work, life to the fullest like camping, traveling, dances & all the wonderful friends he & BernaDeane made in their work & travels. We enjoyed your sales each spring & fall & knowing all your family thru church, school & work. What wonderful memories you all have to pass on to your own families now & in the future. Those memories will get you through the tough times, always be close w/each other.
Rick and Krysta Sewell and Family on April 3, 2012 at 7:19 AM said:

Debbie and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss and are thinking about you. May the memories of your father keep his spirit alive in your hearts and make this time easier to cope with!
Mr. Benter Family on April 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM said:

Sorry to hear the loss of your father, thinking about you,

Tom and Pat Stammeyer
Holly (Baskerville) & Larry Hamilton on April 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM said:

Harold and the whole Benter family are a special group of people that we have enjoyed getting to know through the years. We know how special Harold was to Deb and my Dad Jim. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family and friends during this difficult time.
Blessings to you!
Holly, Larry, Kaitlyn & Evan Hamilton
Donna Saathoff on April 2, 2012 at 8:41 AM said:

Thinking of all of your family during this difficult time.

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