Dora “Jean” King Wenzel died on Feb. 28.

Jean was born in Burns on April 23, 1923, to Benjamin Franklin King and Mary Catharine McLeod King.

She graduated from Burns Union High School in May 1941.

Jean worked at A.O. Wahlers U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Sacred Heart General Hospital in Eugene, Harney County Hospital in Burns, California Pacific Utilities and Burns Water Department in Burns, University of Oregon Registrars Department in Eugene, DMV in Salem, Adair Air Force Base in Albany, and Kingsley Field Air Force Base in Klamath Falls and retired from the Veteran’s Hospital Personnel Department in Roseburg. Jean loved her work.

For more than 50 years, Jean taught Sunday school at various Baptist and Christian churches. She was very dedicated to the Twin Rivers Baptist Church in Springfield. Jean was very active in the AWANA’s program and taught the younger children in Sunday school. Jean also participated in the programs at the county fair. Jean told many Bible stories over her 50-plus years as a teacher. Jean was a very devoted Christian woman.

Jean is survived by her children and their spouses, Carol and Kenneth Dickenson of Springfield; Marjorie and Martin Smith-Hughes of Tampa Bay, Fla., Kathy and Terry Teeter of Salem and Norman Wenzel of Portland; sisters, Frankie Fedor of Winston and Rose Robirts of Hines; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Glen, Miles and Percy King; and her son, Daniel “Danny” Wenzel.

The family requests no flowers. Donations can be made to the following in Jean’s name: AWANA’s program at Twin Rivers Baptist Church, 1660 Mohawk Blvd, Springfield, OR 97477; or Hospice, 677 E 12th Ave, Suite N200 Eugene, OR 97401.

A memorial service was held March 14 at Twin Rivers Baptist Church in Springfield.


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