Howard Bentzinger Howard Bentzinger died surrounded by family on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at age 89. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa in March 1925, as the youngest of five children to Otto and Adeline Bentzinger. The family moved to Calif. about 1940 and settled in San Francisco. Howard served in the U.S. Navy during WWll as a fighter pilot from 1943-1947. He was called to active duty during the Korean War and was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Boxer from 1952-1953. After his military service he worked for Cal Trans as a Right of Way's Agent and retired as the Supervising Right of Ways Agent. He enjoyed golf, Dixieland jazz and was a member of the local RAMS Club; Elks and the American Legion. Howard was a 19 year survivor of throat cancer. He was recognized by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisor's for his work with the American Cancer Society educating children on the dangers of smoking. Howard was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Rita Bentzinger, who passed away in 1995. He is survived by his son, Curt; daughter, Debbie Silva (Dennis); grandson, Kyle; brother-in-law, Tim O'Brien as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo, 981 March Street, San Luis Obispo, on September 6, 2014. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 30, 2014