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Alan Donald Bennyhoff died November 13, 2013 at the age of 72 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Alan was born 19 July 1941 in Swedish Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota to Curtis Glenn Bennyhoff and Dolores Adell Moeglein. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Donald Clifford Bennyhoff, Minnie Clara Geist, Charles John Moeglein and Olga Natalia Peterson, and his brother, Gary Curtis Bennyhoff. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Arlene; brother Stanley Earle Bennyhoff; and children, Nicholas and his wife Lynn, and Jason and his wife Yuki and their son, Alan's only grandchild, Kai. Alan attended Penn Avenue Grade School in North Minneapolis and graduated from Robbinsdale High School in 1959. He was an ardent scouter and spent 11 years in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts, and found a love of philately before starting at the University of Minnesota. Not being ready for university life, Alan joined the Army 31 January 1961. He became a radio teletype operator and was sent to Tehran, Iran for 15 months, after which he extended his tour to 45 months to get the opportunity to serve in Wurzburg, Germany, and was mustered out 3 October 1963. He reentered the University of Minnesota and graduated with a degree in International Relations in 1967. It was at the University of Minnesota that he reconnected with an old neighborhood friend, Keith Dahlen, and with another friend, Bob Strom, formed a lifelong friendship between the three. Alan married Arlene Wardal 29 November 1969 and as a civilian working for the Army, built two homes in Illinois over about 15 years, and worked as an item manager and in international logistics. Alan spent much of his free time writing a family genealogy and spent approximately 15 years working and raising a family with Arlene in Germany, while providing ammunition logistics support for US troops in Germany. The family returned from Germany and Alan retired 29 December 1997. He then spent about 14 years in retirement enjoying Florida, taking care of the house and Arlene, and playing tennis during the cooler weather. On 10 June 2012, Arlene had a hemorrhagic stroke and would spend the rest of her life in nursing homes. Alan spent many hours every day as a caregiver, devoted to his wife. Calling hours will be 2:00-4:00 p.m. Monday, November 18, 2013 at Settle-Wilder's New Smyrna Beach chapel. Graveside committal service will at a later date in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Condolences may be made online at www.settlewilderfuneralhome.com
Settle-Wilder Funeral Home and Cremation Service - New Smyrna Beach
406 S. Orange Street
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Nov. 15, 2013