Henry (Hank) Herman Dettmer passed away from natural causes on May 1st, 2023, he was 80 years old. Hank was living in Syracuse, NE with his significant-other Marlene Behling.
Hank was born on January 13th, 1943 in Nebraska City, NE. to Mary (Leefers) Dettmer. Hank grew up on a farm near Unadilla, NE., Otoe County, and graduated high school in Syracuse.
Hank married Lois Pape on March 23rd, 1963. Hank and Lois had 4 beautiful daughters, Debra, Kimberly, Christine and Jennifer.
Hank was preceded in death by infant child Debra Dettmer, wife Lois Dettmer July 29th, 2018 and daughter Jennifer Johnson, December 9th, 2022.
Hank is survived by his daughters and son-in-law’s Kim and Alex Harrison, Christine and Gerry Anderson, Steve Johnson, his grandchildren Shaina Anderson, Matthew Johnson, Owen Johnson, Katrina Lees and Meaghan Stamer, great grandchildren Blair Anderson, Ember Whitewater, Cassian Whitewater, Emma Lees, Owen Lees, Finn Lees, Piper Lees, Qynn Stamer, Caoimhe Stamer, Oisìn Stamer and Tuan Stamer.
When Hank and Marlene met, dad often said it was divine intervention, they both made each other so very happy, their love for each other was obvious. Marlene’s family accepted Hank with open arms, Ron and Kim Behling, Shelly and Wayne Nielsen, Roxie and Dan Pratt, all of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were a blessing to Hank.
Hank was a hard worker, and an amazing provider for his family. Hank worked 33 years at Roberts Dairy, often farming at the same time. Six months after he retired from Roberts Dairy he began working at Brian Hester Heating and Air.
Hank was known for his great sense of humor, witty comebacks and was loved by everyone, he was a kind and generous man, who never had a bad word to say about anyone, at least not out loud. Hank loved his family, and helping people.
Hank Dettmer’s service will be held Friday, May 5th at the First Lutheran Church in Avoca, 1434 N 30th Road, Avoca, NE. 68307. The service is at 10:00am, followed by a luncheon. Live stream of the service can be found on the church website: https://firstlutheranavoca.org/
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