Carl Andrew tenBensel

Born: Tue., Dec. 25, 1923
Died: Sat., Mar. 24, 2018


10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 29, 2018
10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 30, 2018
Location: Lockenour-Jones Mortuary

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Mar. 31, 2018
Location: Trinity United Methodist

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Carl Andrew tenBensel age 94 of Cambridge, NE, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Great Plains Health in North Platte. 

Carl tenBensel was born on December 25, 1923 to Henry J. and Millie (Thomson) tenBensel near Cambridge, NE on the family farm. Carl was the fifth oldest of 10 children to Henry J. and Millie (Thompson) tenBensel. 


Carl graduated from Cambridge High School in 1941.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 10, 1946 and was Honorably Discharged on April 10, 1947, 

 On October 23 1949 he was united in marriage to Ella Rea Smith.  The couple celebrated their 68th Anniversary in 2017. 

Carl spent nearly all of his 94 years working, many of which were on the farm. After retirementhe and Ella Rea took meals to the field for the workers. He lived a full life. Carl was picking corn by hand with a team of horses at 9. He was 89, when his twin grandkids were born. Most recently, he loved spending time and playing catch with his twin grandchildren. 


He enjoyed riding horses, training them until he was 82. He used his God-given gift to help 4H kids for more than 40 years. Either training horses, or hauling them and their horses to horse shows as a gift to the 4Her and their family. Some 4H kids have called Carl their third grandpa, while others call him a second dad. 


Although in painhe was known for being joyful and caring, and his physical and inner strength saw him through until the end.   He always carried a smile on his face. 

Carl received Christ as his savior several years ago. 


Carl was preceded in death by 3 brothers: Richard and his wife Joanne; Ernest and his wife Alvie, Roy and his wife Betty; 3 sisters: Golda tenBensel; Ethel Yeager; Ruth Reilly; sister-in-law JoAnn tenBensel; brother-in-law: Darrell Palmer. 

Carl is survived by his wife Ella Rea tenBensel, daughter Ginger tenBensel, sons Jan tenBensel and his wife Jodi, and Mark tenBensel and his wife Jackie, grandchildren Bethany; Gavin and Reese tenBensel, brother Paul tenBensel, and sisters June Palmer and Joyce Ross. 


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Cambridge with Keith Theobald officiating.  Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Cambridge.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 am till 6:00 PM on Thursday March 29, 2018 and on Friday from 10:00 am till 7:00 pm with the family present on Friday from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm.  Friends may leave on line condolences at  Memorials may be left in Carl's name at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary in Cambridge 

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Jane & John Schuster
   Posted Tue March 27, 2018
Ginger, so sorry for you with the loss of your dad. May you fill God's loving arms holding you.

Dennis Palmer
   Posted Fri March 30, 2018
We will miss Carl ten Bensel very much. I remember the good memories of the numerous visits to his home on the farm. The times playing with a big spool that once had wire on it, exploring the farm, seeing the horses, and even the time we came on Christmas eve and a big snow storm arose, but we got home safely.
My sympathy to Ella Rea, Mark, Ginger, and Jan in the loss of their father. In times like this, we remember that time is short, but Christians have a great hope and assurance that we will see our loved ones in Christ in the resurrection. We look forward to that bright, luminous day when all things will as we know them will pass away and we will be resurrected and with our Savior and Lord. May the Lord give you peace in this time of sorrow.

Dennis L. Palmer

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