David Luke Dehner, 83, of Burlington died at 6:50 p.m. Friday, April 02, 2010 at GRMC Klein Unit, Burlington, Iowa.
Born April 17, 1926 in Burlington, he was the son of and Carl A. and Edna R. Reid Dehner.
David served in the U.S. Navy for 2 ½ years during World War II aboard the USS Medusa in the Southeast Pacific and the Philippines for the 7th Fleet. He was a member of American Legion Post 52. He was also a member of Foreign War #10102. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
David worked at Leopolds, was an upholsterer with C & E for 13 years and IRC (TRW) for 23 years. He was past President of Local 2303 Machinist Union and served as Financial Secretary for Local 1806.
David was very involved with volunteer work for the Burlington area and is a past winner of the Governor’s Volunteer Award with over 4,000 hours of community service. He was a recipient of the Des Moines County Conservation Foundation Recognition Award. He was a member of R.S.V.P., Senior Center Board, local and national A.A.R.P. He was the co-organizer of Hunger Walk and Sweet Corn Project, which raised $125,000 for CROP. He was invited to and presented the Humanitarian Award at the 50th Anniversary of Church World Services. He helped start the Medical Shuttle to Iowa City for Community Action. He was an advocate for Nursing Home Resident through Area Agency on Aging. He was Peer Counselor Certifier for the Elderly, volunteer for the Salvation Army and volunteer for Neighbor Center.
He participated in and was a volunteer for Senior Olympics for four counties. He was one of 500 participants selected to carry the Olympic Torch for the 1996 Olympics. He participated in the Blind Veterans Golf Tournament and was a 5 year associate member. He also participated in the Disabled Veterans Winter Games and was a 4 year associate member there.
He was a lifetime member and Elder Emeritus of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He was Chairman of the Board, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, Deacon and Trustee of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Survivors include 2 brothers, Ralph Dehner of Burlinton, IA and Ernest Dehner of East Moline, IL; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 5 brothers, Charles, Clarence, Andrew, Joseph and Albert; and a sister, Marian Fynquist.
Funeral services for David Luke Dehner will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1221 Park Ave., Burlington, IA. Rev. Tom Smith will officiate. Mr. Dehner will be cremated following the funeral service, interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date. Military rites will be conducted at the church by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends in Prugh’s Chapel on Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00p.m.
A memorial has been established for the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Youth Group.