I met David through Mike Wheeler, they were both good friends. David and I used to go to Royals games together, he never missed opening day....he was an awesome person.
Laura,Christie & Carl & Jennie. I met wild man David in high school, when he was 14 and I was 16. My dad called him my shadow, because he was always with me. We had a very strong bond and friendship. Too many stories to tell, after I joined the Marines in Feb of 68 and was in my third month in good old Vietnam, I received a letter from David (we wrote back and forth a lot)and he told me that he and Mike wheelelr had joined the Marines. I wrote back and told him not to go into the Marines, but guess what he said too bad too late already in. I have seen David off and on for the next 44 years and we always had a blast and laughed told jokes and just enjoyed life. I am still stunned about his passing. He will be missed terribly. So have a cold one on ice for me when it is my turn to come up and say hi to all of the other great Marines for me. God bless you David and SEMPER FI my Marine brother and great friend.
Laura, Christie & family,
Although I never met you personally, I want to express my sympathy as you honor your father. He served in the Marines with my father. 'Beng'(as my parents called him) held me when I was first born, attended my wedding, and was a constant friend to both of my parents through the years. May you remember him with pride for his love for the Marine Corps, and for his friends. God Bless!
WOW David, I can't believe you're gone, it's just not right. I look around the lake house and you are everywhere, from the beautiful eagle you gave us to the CoCo Loco dog that Mike just hates. You would enjoy that, I hung it where it barks at him every time he comes up the steps. I see you on the dock, on the back patio talking on the phone to your girls. You'd love what we did with that area. I see you every Saturday morning when I use the skillet you gave me. Buddy, through all the thick and thin, I'll miss you and your pranks. RIP David. I'll always remember you.
Laura - thinking of you and Christie during this time. Also remembering your Dad when he lived next door. I have a vivid memory of him having borrowing a blue convertable sports car (a trans am tht was your uncles i think) and taking us all out for rides. I also remember going to one of his restrauants and him giving us a sundae bar which I ate until I almost threw up.Not sure if you remember those times but I always will.
David is my uncle, my Mom's youngest brother. I regret that I will not be able to attend his funeral personally, but my heartfelt thoughts and prayers will be with the family & friends who gather. I've heard many times over several great stories of uncle David from my older siblings, and have always enjoyed his sense of amusement, mischief and humor. He loved to tell, and re-tell some of those stories--so much so that you felt as if you were there. Even though I didn't share in those exploits, I always had a deep respect for David. My earliest memory of him was in his Marine uniform when his older brother Bill passed away, and his service in Vietnam. I don't know where he served while deployed, or what he may have experienced, but the way he carried himself and quietly served without complaint left an enduring impression. He was good and loyal in my estimation, didn't take himself too seriously, and knew how to laugh and make others laugh as well. Im saddened at his absence, and wish God greatest comfort, strength and care for my cousins, Christy and Laura, my Mom, aunt Jeannie, uncle Carl, all our family touched by David's passing, and his friends & associates.
It was many years ago, we were "kids", when I met David. He always had a special place in my heart. I love the memories and the laughs. He always made the old stories funnier with each telling. One memory I will always treasure is the night we all went skinny dipping back in the '60s at the pool property of a prominent K.C. family. Burned out house, but the pool area was kept up quite nicely. David, I will always remember you and I will cherish the last words we spoke. Vaya con Dios, my friend. Vaya con Dios.
So sorry to learn of David's passing. Last saw him in May at Mark Hernandez funeral mass. Will always remember the many happy times spent with the Hernandez family and "Uncle David." Our condolences to his family. Sheila Foley and Paul Maasen (St. Louis, Missouri)
Laura and Christie, We were saddened to learn of your dad's death. We so fondly remember the summer in Michigan with your family and the fresh salmon that he grilled on the beach. We have let Kim and Doug know. Your dad was a wonderful and nice man.
To the Bengtson family, Our father whom art in heven hallow be thy name thy kimdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in give us this day our daily bread as we for give those whom trasspass agaist us and leed us not into temptation but deliver us from evil amen. Patricia/Benny Eyre.
David was a great friend during the years we lived in Kansas City and he and his girls remain so since we left nearly 30 years ago -- with some wonderful shared Thanksgivings in Overland Park. We'll miss him and send our love to Laura and Christie.
Uncle David was part of our family since I can remember. David and my father would always be hangin out every sunday waitin for my mom to cook dinner. He will be missed by all our families. It wont be the same when he isnt around for our family shindigs.
I was fortunate to have served with "Beng" in 1969-70. He was a great friend and an outstanding Marine. I am grateful that our friendship extended past our service and that we stayed in touch and found a way to get together every few years. David, you were a true patriot and an irreplaceable friend. Be at peace Marine, Semper Fi.
Remembering David with fondness. My condolences go out to his family.
I am grateful for the life of Mr. Bengtson. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.