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 Verna Eileen <I>Bensch</I> Hickenlooper

Verna Eileen Bensch Hickenlooper

Lansing, Allamakee County, Iowa, USA
Death 17 Dec 1970 (aged 73)
District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 70887632 · View Source
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Thursday, December 17, 1978 - Iowa City Press-Citizen


WASHINGTON - Mrs. Verna Hickenlooper, the wife of former Iowa senator Bourke B. Hickenlooper, died at Georgetown university Hospital here Wednesday night where she was being treated for a coronary condition.

Mrs. Hickenlooper, 73, was born in Lansing, Iowa.

Hickenlooper, who settled here when his fourth term in the Senate expired in 1969, married the former Verna E. Bensch in 1927. They had two children, Mrs. Russell Oberlin of Des Moines and a son David B. Hickenlooper of Bloomfield.

Hickenlooper served two terms in the House of Representatives as a representative of Linn County. He served as Iowa lieutenant governor from 1939-43 and governor from 1943-1945. In 1944 he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids.

Sunday, December 20, 1970
The Cedar Rapids Gazette

HICKENLOOPER, MRS. BOURKE - 11 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian church. Entombment: Chapel of Memories mausoleum. Cedar Memorial funeral home in charge of arrangements.

(on page 4B of the same issue:)

Along with thousands of other Iowans who knew her we mourn the passing of one of the loveliest women ever to serve as the state's First Lady, Mrs. Bourke B. Hickenlooper.

Sh was a charming individual and served as First Lady in a period when that was a most difficult assignment, for in those days (1943-45) Iowa didn't provide its governors with a mansion in which to entertain and to live. Our sympathy goes out to her husband, former senator and former governor Hickenlooper.

Gov. Robert Ray will head a delegation of state officials, including Auditor Lloyd Smith, Treasurer Maurice Baringer and Secretary of Agriculture L. B. Liddy, attending services for Mrs. Hickenlooper at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian church in Cedar Rapids.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Verna Eileen Bensch Hickenlooper (Mar 1897–17 Dec 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70887632, citing Cedar Memorial Park, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Clifford Mullis (contributor 47415464) .