Lloyd Dehning

Lloyd Dehning_webLloyd H. Dehning, 89, of Waukon, Iowa, formerly of Dorchester, Iowa, died Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon.

Lloyd Herman Dehning was born on Feb. 15, 1925 in Dorchester, the son of George and Emma (Kumpf) Dehning. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Eitzen, Minn. Lloyd attended country school and Caledonia High School through 9th grade. He then began farming with his parents on the family farm near Dorchester.

Lloyd met Delores Weber at the Waukon Opera House and on July 16, 1953 they were married at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Eitzen. Lloyd was a dedicated husband and adored his wife for all of their 60 years together. Lloyd and Delores made their home on Delores’ family farm with Delores’ parents. Lloyd was always the loving caregiver and took good care of Delores and her parents. They were blessed with one daughter, Gail, in 1960.

Lloyd and Delores farmed together on the same farm all of their life raising dairy cows, hogs, chickens and beef cows. Lloyd loved farming and was a true caretaker of the land and his animals. He continued to farm into his 80s and loved to help his son-in-law, Dave Prestemon, put in the crops and take them out in the fall. He had a tremendous knowledge of farming and was a great asset to the farming operation.

Lloyd was a huge sports fan. He loved the Iowa Hawkeyes and Waukon Indians. He enjoyed attending Waukon Indian games of all kinds. He loved watching Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball games on TV. He also attended a few Iowa Hawkeye football games when they played Iowa State and enjoyed that very much. He also loved watching baseball games on TV.  Lloyd was a devoted father and grandfather. He loved following all of the activities of his grandchildren and never missed an activity no matter what it was.

In later years, Lloyd and Delores moved to Waukon to Evergreen Court Apartments and later to the Good Samaritan Center. Lloyd loved people and enjoyed making new friends at the apartment.

Lloyd is survived by one daughter Gail (Dave) Prestemon, Waukon; three grandchildren, Aaron (Sarah), Dorchester; Emily, Colesburg Iowa; and Nicole, Ames, Iowa; one great-grandchild, Hoyt; two brothers, Don Dehning, Waukon; and Merlin (Lois) Dehning,  Caledonia; five sisters, Lila (Hillery) Kasten, Eitzen; Lorraine Peter and Janice (Gene) Tessmer both of Caledonia; Letha Fall, Bussey, Iowa; and Carol Plank, Lake City, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores; his parents and sisters Viola Zell and Alice Dehning.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Eitzen, with Pastor Samantha Houser officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon. The family requests memorials to Good Samaritan Center or St. Luke’s UCC in lieu of flowers.

Honorary casketbearers are nurses and caregivers at Good Samaritan Center. Casketbearers are Aaron Prestemon, David Tessmer, Dean and Jeff Dehning, Mike Peter and Richard Kasten.

Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.