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Obituary for Harold "Benny" M. Bentzen


Harold M. "Benny" Bentzen, 84, of La Crosse, joined his parents and brothers in eternal life on Friday, September 2, 2011.
He was born November 1, 1926, in La Crosse to Emil and Mary (Sokolik) Bentzen. Benny was a veteran of the United States Navy having served as a Gunny during World War II. He was employed at Norplex in La Crosse for 42 years until his retirement. After his retirement, Benny couldn't just sit around so he worked as a jack of all trades for many people. He repaired appliances, did wiring and construction, worked on automobiles, and could do whatever was needed. Benny was a constable for La Crosse County for several years, a member of the Civil Defense Team, and a 50 year member and past commander of the Homer Hall American Legion Post 417 of French Island, La Crosse. Benny loved hunting, fishing, camping, riding his Harley, and in the 1950s, racing at the North La Crosse Speed Bowl. He also was a member of the S.F.B. Bikers Club and was able to make nine trips to Sturgis.
Survivors include a son, Robert Bentzen (Karn) of Viroqua, Wis.; a step-son, Richard (Carolyn) Bryant of Holmen; two daughters, Linda Pralle of Holmen and Sandra (David) Silbaugh of Onalaska; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Benny was preceded in death by three brothers, Willard, LaVerne "Nook", and Clayton (Barbara) Bentzen; one niece; and three nephews.
Memorial services will be Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at 1:30 p.m., at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Woodruff Chapel), 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd., La Crosse. Rev. Kathleen Charles will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Following the service at the funeral home, a time of fellowship beginning with military honors will be at the Homer Hall American Legion Post 417, 700 Fisherman's Rd., French Island, La Crosse, by the Post's Funeral Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.