Dennis A. Achenbaugh
December 06, 1946 - June 09, 2018
Birthplace: Red Oak, Iowa
Resided In: Bettendorf, Iowa

Service 6/13/2018
Emerson United Methodist Church
Burial 6/13/2018
Emerson Cemetery

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CDR Dennis Allen Achenbaugh, USN Retired, 71, of Bettendorf, Iowa died Saturday, June 9, 2018 at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Dennis was born December 6, 1946 in Red Oak, Iowa the son of Darrell and Velva (Gunther) Achenbaugh and earned his Bachelorís Degree from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. from San Diego State University. Dennis served 23 years in the United States Navy. Following his retirement, he was self employed in oil distribution and vending, retiring in 2009. Among the things he enjoyed were fishing, boating, camping, water skiing, attending his kidís sporting events and watching CNN. He was an avid fan of the Iowa State Cyclones and the San Diego Chargers.

He was preceded in death by his son, Brian; his brother, Darry; his niece, Jill Jirak; and his parents. Those left to honor his memory include his former spouses, Myrna Allen and Teresa Achenbaugh; his children, Christopher (Savannah) Van Besien, Nicole Van Besien, Whitney Achenbaugh, Breanna Achenbaugh, and Scott Achenbaugh; his grandchildren, Chelsea Stone, Kylie Van Besien, Madison Tucker, Kennedy Tucker, and Pierce Van Besien; his nephew, Cory (Tara) Achenbaugh; and his great niece, Taylor Jirak.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 PM Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Emerson United Methodist Church in Emerson, Iowa with burial in the Emerson Cemetery with military honors. Visitation with the family will held from 4-7 PM Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the Honor Flight or to the family.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of local arrangements.


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