Amos B. Bensen

Amos B. Bensen Amos B. Bensen, 92, of Vermillion, died Sunday, June 7, 2009 at Prairie Estates Care Center in Elk Point. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 10,  at Bergen Lutheran Church, rural Meckling. Burial was in the parish cemetery, rural Meckling. Visitation was one hour prior to the service time on Wednesday, June 10, at Bergen Lutheran Church, rural Meckling. Amos was born Nov. 4, 1916 in Maskell, NE, the son of Nels and Amanda (Hanson) Bensen. He graduated from Vermillion High School and attended USD for one year. Amos married Margret "Peggy" Burris on Aug. 30, 1940 in Hartington, NE. In 1941, they relocated to Rockford, IL, where Amos spent 40 years working for Greenlee Brothers, retiring in 1980. In 1981, Amos returned to Vermillion. Peggy preceded him in death on May 25, 1992. Then he married to Marvella Lavonne Minor on Sept. 28, 1994. He is survived by his wife, Marvella "Lavonne" of Elk Point; a daughter, Sandra (Terry) Johnson of Dixon, IL; his brothers, Donald (Roberta) Bensen of Vermillion, and Glenn (Faye) Bensen of Chandler Heights, AZ; his sisters, Glennys Robbins of Elk Point, Shirley (Morris) Marcotte of Worthington, MN, and Emlyn Benson of Algona, IA; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; his step-children, Lynn (Don) Barton of Missouri, Rita (Gale) Dunham of Oklahoma, Denny Minor of Akron, IA, Kevin Minor of Missouri, and David Minor of Volin; 33 step-grandchildren; and 66 step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nels and Amanda Bensen; his first wife, Peggy; two daughters, Cathy Schanke, and Linda Opsahl; two granddaughters, Kelly Kay Schnake and Carlie Schanke (in infancy); two brothers, Adrain Bensen, and Darrel Benson; and a step-son, Ron Minor. Memorials may be sent to Bergen Lutheran Church, PO Box 181, Gayville, SD, 57031 or The Parkinson's Institute & Clinical, 675 Almanor Avenue, Sunnydale, CA 94085 Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

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