Bruce Otto Lensch
October 7, 1934 – August 31, 2022
Bruce Otto Lensch, 87, a longtime Chino resident and dentist, died from this land at his eternal home in paradise on August 31, 2022, with his wife and family by his side.
Bruce, an only child, was born October 7, 1934 in Beaver Creek, Minnesota to Ruth and Otto Lensch. In early 1940, the family moved to Orange, California. Bruce attended St. John’s Lutheran School from grades 1-6. The family later moved to Riverside, California. Bruce graduated from Poly High School in 1952, went on to Riverside City College, then a full freshman year at the University of California, Riverside. He started working many odd jobs when he was just ten years old and started working for Stater Bros. Markets in 1950. For most of his school life, Bruce worked full time.
40 hour weeks. He was accepted into the USC School of Dentistry in 1956.
In 1958, Bruce married Audrey Jean Rosenberg after graduating from the California Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Los Angeles. After graduating from dental school, Bruce and Audrey moved to El Paso, Texas as Bruce received an internship from the US Air Force. Their first child, Linda, was born in 1961. After the probationary year, he was posted to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota where he served as a captain. The family returned to Southern California in July 1963, where he established a thriving dental practice in Chino. Their second child, Bruce, was born in 1967.
Dr. Lensch served as a Chino City Councilman for several years, president of the Chino Kiwanis Club, president of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, and president of the Chino Civic Center Authority. Prior to becoming president of the California Dental Association in 1983, he served as president-elect, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and delegate to the CDA House of Delegates. He served the USC Dental School as an instructor, assistant, and associate professor, and attained the rank of clinical professor. He has served as president of the Tri-County Dental Society, chairman of the board of Oral Health America, and regent of the International College of Dentists.
Of all his accomplishments, Bruce was the proudest and most devoted to his wife, children and their families. He is survived by Audrey, his wife of 64 years, children Linda Kastelic (Richard) and Bruce Lensch (Patty), grandchildren Stephanie Swain (Lee), Amberly Gonzalez (Nathan), Taylor Lensch and Austin Lensch, and great-grandchildren Kylee, Carter and Liam Swain and Richard Gonzalez. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on October 8, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church located at 5648 Jefferson Avenue, Chino, CA. Bruce’s final resting place will be Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.
If desired, donations can be made in Bruce’s memory to Immanuel Lutheran Church or the Salvation Army (local branch).