Harry Bebensee Obituary

Harry Leroy Bebensee
Harry Leroy Bebensee

June 29, 1931 - December 24, 2018
Born in Atlantic, IA
Resided in Gilbert, Arizona
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Harry was born to Harry Henry and Christina Mabel (Clausen) Bebensee on June 29, 1931, in Atlantic, IA. He grew up on the family farm in Wiota, IA, and graduated valedictorian from Wiota High School. Harry then joined the Army, serving for 8 years and attaining the rank of Sergeant (E5). With his passing, he is now reunited with his parents, sister, Elaine (Lloyd) Tawzer and son-in-law, Dave Bejarno. Harry married the love of his life, Marilyn Ruth Minor, on Valentine’s Day, 1953. In 2018 they celebrated 65 years together in marriage. While in the service, they were stationed at several locations across the midwest. When Harry left the Army, they moved to Des Moines to raise their children, and this is also where he received a pharmacy degree from Drake University. Harry worked for Walgreens as a Pharmacy Manager soon after his graduation. Subsequently, Harry and Marilyn opened their first pharmacy, Johnston Pharmacy, in Johnston, IA, where he became lovingly known as “Harry the Apothecary.”

Marilyn and Harry worked very closely together to take care of many of their customers and doctors in that area. After his children graduated from Johnston High School, both he and his wife moved to Dallas Center and started a new pharmacy there, Harry’s DC Drug.

Harry and Marilyn have four children: Debra L. Bejarno in Dallas Center, Sarah Jayne (Robert) Severs in Johnston, Dr. Jeffrey L. (Julia) Bebensee in West Des Moines, and Dawn M. (Brian) LaLiberte in Gilbert, AZ.

They are blessed with ten grandchildren: Timothy (Jill) Bejarno , Joe (Carin) Bejarno and Marco (Betsy) Bejarno , Jon (Samara) Cheely , Krystal (Chris) Malloy , Stephanie (Jeffrey) Peters, Courtney Bebensee, Kaitlyn Bebensee, Cameron LaLiberte, and Chase LaLiberte.

They are also blessed with 16 great-grandchildren: Bejarno Family (Zach, Justine, Lily, Zara, Jaxton, Max, Nora, Merritt, Grady, and Jada) and the Severs Family (Brennan, Kyan, Steven, Caden, Justice, and Jadon).

He is also survived by his brother Paul (Donna) Bebensee of Des Moines, IA.

All during the time of running a pharmacy 24/7, the couple enjoyed attending their grandchildren’s sports and school activities. Harry was the announcer for many of his grandchildren’s high school baseball games, both in Iowa and Arizona. They were honored by the DC-G Booster Club and Iowa Governor Branstad for their fundraising activities in high school sports. They always had sports sweatshirts and jackets on sale at their store.

Harry and Marilyn retired to Arizona at the turn of the millennia. They enjoyed many years together in the warm sun with family and friends in their community. They attended Springs Chapel in Mesa, Arizona.

Harry crossed over to heaven with the help of those already there on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018, at the age of 87. He was surrounded by family and went peacefully to the Lord to celebrate Christmas with Jesus this year. Harry touched countless hearts and souls and will be missed by all.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas Center, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas Center or the hospice of your choice. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.





Memorial Visitation
First Presbyterian Church
1204 13th Street
Dallas Center, Iowa Dallas 50063
Saturday, January 26, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Memorial Service
First Presbyterian Church
1204 13th Street
Dallas Center, Iowa Dallas 50063
Saturday, January 26, 2019
11:00 AM


First Presbyterian Church-Dallas Center
1204 - 13th Street
Dallas Center, IA 50063
Any Local Hospice