Stephen D. Lentz, 72

Stephen D. Lentz, 72

Stephen Duane Lentz was born on February 1, 1948 at Ainsworth, NE to Elmer Sr. and Viola (Hakes) Lentz. Steve lived in Long Pine, NE and graduated from Long Pine High School in 1966 when he then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country during the Vietnam War. After his service with the Air Force, he and wife, Sandra (Newcomer) Lentz returned to Long Pine. To this union a son, Chad James (CJ) Lentz was born. Steve was a lifelong resident of Long Pine, NE.

Steve passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant twin brothers, along with brothers, Ralph and Wiley Lentz; brother-in-law, Dwire Goodwin and sister-in-law, Eiko Lentz.

Steve leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Sandy of Long Pine; son, CJ (Angel) Lentz of Aurora, NE; two brothers, Fred “Cook” (Lois) Lentz of Elkhorn, NE and Elmer Lentz Jr. of Ainsworth; one sister, Nancy Goodwin of Cody, NE; sisters-in-law, Shirley Lentz of Ainsworth, Marilyn (Newcomer) Randall and husband, James of Tucson, Arizona; Betty (Newcomer) Gipson and husband, Keith of Bismarck, North Dakota; and brother-in-law, Brent Newcomer of Long Pine; along with nieces, nephews and other family members.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family in Steve’s name for a future designation. Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be left at

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