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Theodore Fredrich Dhein
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Birth: Aug. 20, 1914
Stearns County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Jul. 14, 1990
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

Son of Clarence Dhein & Odelia Raden

Married Margaret Josephine Overby

Children Cindy Sue Dhein Schott, Ronald Dhein, Theodore Keith Dhein

also married Daryl Hoyt


Theodore F. Dhein, who helped lead the fight to allow denturists to sell dentures directly to the public in Oregon, died July 14 of complications from a stroke. He was 75.

A private funeral will be held.

In the 1970s, Mr. Dhein and his wife Daryl, worked in support of a law to allow denturist to fit and sell false teeth. Oregonians overwhelmingly voted in favor of the law, paving the way for state certification of denture technologists. The denturists' victory gained national attention.

During the bitter dispute, the Dheins argued that dental laboratories made dentures for nearly all dentists, who then sold them at inflated prices. They contended that trained technologists ought to be able to sell dentures directly to the public instead.

Dentists, however, fought the change, arguing that denture wearers would be subjugated to inferior care by inadequately trained persons who might miss signs of disease or a bad fit.

Mr. Dhein, who considered himself the daddy of denturism, said after the 1978 victory that he had worked as a denturist outside the law for more than 30 years. He had started as a "plaster monkey" in 1941, working in the backroom of a dentist's office.

"We did all the work. I never did get a certificate or anything, but I know this work and I love it," he said. Between 1963 and 1978, he was arrested five times and fined more than $2,000 for making dentures.

When Ballot Measure 5 passed in November 1978, such work became legal.

Mr. Dhein was born Aug. 20, 1914, in Albany, Minn. He moved to Portland in 1940 and later to Aloha, where he lived at the time of his death.

Survivors include his sons, Ronald F. of San Francisco and Theodore K. of Aloha; daughter, Cindy; and two grandsons, Todd W. Schott and Blake F. Schott.

His wife died in May.

Disposition will be by cremation. 
Family links: 
  Clarence Dhein (1892 - 1946)
  Odelia Raden Dhein (1894 - 1948)
  Margaret Josephine Overby Dhein (1909 - 1959)
  Cindy Sue Dhein Schott (1941 - 2006)*
  Theodore Fredrich Dhein (1914 - 1990)
  George Frank Dhein (1916 - 2000)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Schott Family
Record added: Jan 01, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23681992
Theodore Fredrich Dhein
Added by: Schott Family
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