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dennis c. lechlitner

Posted on Jan. 20, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Nov. 28, 1945 - Jan. 18, 2013

WAKARUSA — Dennis C. “Bear” Lechlitner, 67, of Wakarusa, died at 6:10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital.

He was born Nov. 28, 1945, to the late Mervin L. and Julia (Pletcher) Lechlitner in Mishawaka.

He married Velma J. Miller on Sept. 30, 1967 at Nappanee Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include his wife; sons Bill (Stacey), Alex (Stephanie) and Tim (Jill) Lechlitner, all of Wakarusa; brothers Max (Marjorie) Lechlitner of Wakarusa, Stanley (Sandy) Lechlitner of Milford and Brian (Laurie) Lechlitner of Elkhart; and grandsons Jonah, Samuel and Nathaniel Lechlitner, Brock and Nicholas Lechlitner and Hunter Lechliter.

Dennis was the owner/operator of Bear’s Auto Body Repair in Wakarusa for 21 years.

He was a member of Wakarusa Missionary Church and was a 1964 graduate of Wakarusa High School.

He liked woodworking, fishing and being out in the woods.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Wakarusa Missionary Church and for one hour prior to the 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, funeral service, also at the church. Pastor Ted B. Wilson will officiate.

Burial is in Olive (East) Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wakarusa Ambulance. Online condolences may be sent at