Wayne “Dobie” Lens

Wayne “Dobie” Lens, 72, of Creston, died Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at his home in Creston.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be 11 a.m. March 29, 2023 at the Rock River Golf & Country Club in Rock Rapids, Iowa.  Pastor Verilyn Boone will officiate. Visitation with family receiving friends from 10-11 a.m. at the Rock River Golf & Country Club.   Burial will be in Holy Name Cemetery in Rock Rapids, Iowa.  Memorials are to be established.  Online condolences may be made at

Wayne Kenneth Lens was born Feb. 4, 1951, to Charles and Agatha (Underberg) Lens in Sioux Falls S.D., then they lived on a farm near Larchwood, IA.  They moved from Larchwood to Rock Rapids Iowa in 1951.  Wayne went to school and graduated from Central Lyon High School in 1969.  He studied at Dunn Woodey Culinary School in Minneapolis Minn.
He married Jill Ehrhardt on March 28, 1981, in Rock Rapids, IA.   Wayne worked at and later purchased the Golden Crust Bakery in Rock Rapids.  He also had bakeries in Humboldt Iowa, Tyler, Texas, Beresferd, Centerville S.D. known as the Royal Bake Shop, Norfolk and South Sioux City Neb., and purchasing one in Corning Ia. known as the Home Bakery in 1993.  Jill passed away May 18, 1994. Wayne continued to bake and work until his retirement in 2002. Wayne enjoyed golf and won multiple club championships at the Rock River Golf and Country Club-in Rock Rapids IA. He enjoyed watching Cardinal Baseball and also watching College sports at Southwestern Community College, where he was voted as SWCC Fan of the Year in 2021.

Wayne will be greatly missed by his three children Jessica Lens of Creston, Ryan (wife Alicia) Lens of Red Wing, Minn., Nathan Lens of Creston, Ia.; three grandchildren Austin Sweeney and Bryson Lens both of Red Wing, Minn. and Jayson Lens of Creston, Ia.; four siblings, Jim (Colleen) Lens of Burlington Ia., Alice (Gerry) Moeller of Rock Rapids Ia., John Lens of Seaside, Calif. and David Lens of Grand Junction, Colo. and many other extended family and friends.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jill,  seven siblings, Edward Lens, Raymond Lens, Leonard Lens, Robert Lens, LaVonne Lupkes, and two infants Margaret and Charles Lens, three sisters-in-laws, Patricia Lens, Karen Lens and Janie Albers and  brother-in-law William Lupkes.