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Norbert Duepner
  • Date of passing: Mar 24, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    San Diego, California, United States
A great colleague, husband, father and friend. We will miss you Norb.

On March 24, 2013, the dental industry lost a revered leader, colleague and friend, Norbert Duepner. 

We invite you to share your story of how this remarkable man touched your life.  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by monica nixon on 25th March 2014

"Dear Sweet Norbert
We still miss your voice,but luckily we have Richard who has always done a great impersonation of you. He can still give any customer technical information on anything he has heard you tell them in the pastI, in your voice and it makes us all think of you. He does it because  he is so fond of you, you left such an impression on him and he has so much respect for everthing you have done with your life and in your carreer. Remember how he always called you 'Colonel'
You always acted like you could not understand any resemblance to
The Colonel he meant. He did it all in fun because you meant so much to him as you do to all of us.
You are forever in our hearts and minds
Bless your family as well
Love m"

This tribute was added by monica nixon on 25th March 2014

"Dear Sweet Norbert
We still miss your voice,but luckily we have Richard who has always done a great impersonation of you. He can still give any customer technical information on anything he has heard you tell them in the pastI, in your voice and it makes us all think of you. He does it because  he is so fond of you, you left such an impression on him and he has so much respect for everthing you have done with your life and in your carreer. Remember how he always called you 'Colonel'
You always acted like you could not understand any resemblance to
The Colonel he meant. He did it all in fun because you meant so much to him as you do to all of us.
You are forever in our hearts and minds
Bless your family as well
Love m"

This tribute was added by Selwyn Moss on 25th March 2014

"Norb you are still in my thoughts constantly and in the thoughts of so many customers. We often reminisce about the wonderful time that was spent with you.The customers still talk about the invaluable help and guidance you gave them.
Rest in peace my friend, you deserve it.
There is a void in Argen that can never be filled.
Selwyn."

This tribute was added by Sumara Buchanan on 25th March 2014

"When I do insertion tasks in my lab I am continuously reminded of you and our friendship.
I miss you.
Sumara"

This tribute was added by Lynne Lockwald on 24th March 2014

"Still miss you."

This tribute was added by Victor Duepner on 24th March 2014

"Dad,

It’s been a year since you left us. It still hurts, but I’ll take the pain for I’m a better man for being your son.

Love you,
Victor"

This tribute was added by George Perlotto on 8th September 2013

"I just learned of Norbert's passing and I am moved beyond tears. My thoughts and prayers to his family. He always had a kind word about everyone he and was one of the most respected individuals in the industry. His legacy will live on and reflected in the thousands of people he has helped of his career.  He was a colleague and associate but most of all........a friend. He will be missed."

This tribute was added by John Hickey on 9th July 2013

"Norbert was the best, he had an answer for every question with a hint of common sense sarcasm!  Always asked me if we had any "Moskey"  C&B flasks still laying around.  His famous quote, "don't hit a casting on the button with a hammer, that's where your problems are starting"  My prayers go out to his immediate family and the Argen staff."

This tribute was added by monica nixon on 21st June 2013

"Happy Birthday my wonderful friend.
we miss you dearly and you are forever in our thoughts.
Your blessed Jack's photo is hanging on our wall.
He proudly wears your tie, and reminds us of you every time We walk down the hall. I am sure your beautiful family will celebrate your life today. God bless you all!"

This tribute was added by Sumara Buchanan on 21st June 2013

"Happy Birthday, Norbert"

This tribute was added by Marva Lortsher on 6th June 2013

"Today I read about the passing of a man who seemed to know everything about dental alloys.  I am so sad in my heart.  Norbert was always so generous whenever I called.  We had many discussions about the how and why of waxing,investing,casting, and so.  I will miss having him out there. Good thoughts to his family at Argen."

This tribute was added by scott dellisola on 24th May 2013

"I was shocked to hear  of this terrible loss. When ever we spoke he had so much knowledge and imput.  He HELPED me so much with my problems. The man was extremly smart. And im sure it was'nt just in alloys but in LIFE.My prayers to his family.He'll be missed."

This tribute was added by Julie Duepner on 19th April 2013

"My wonderful Daddy, Norbert,
losing you so makes my heart hurt!
The world has lost a sweet, generous, hard-working gentleman;
You inspire me to do the very best I can.
The most amazing father one could ever hope for
I burst with pride, my spirits soar.
With you by my side, nothing else would ever matter.
You always made me proud to be your daughter.
My love for you is so immense;
The world w"

This tribute was added by mark cornett on 11th April 2013

"Many years of wisdom and great conversation will be sorely missed!!! Rest in peace my friend!!! Thank you for 25 plus years of guidance !!!"

This tribute was added by George Clark on 11th April 2013

"I remember sitting in on great tecnical alloy lectures that Norbert had put on over the years, whether it was when I was in Chicago or I even believe he used to come to Toronto to do the Techorama show.
My sincerest condolences to the Agren family and to Norberts' family"

This tribute was added by Kent Kohli on 10th April 2013

"Norbert is an industry icon. Dedication and commitment are synonymous with his name. As a newbie in the lab industry, he patiently tutored me and facilitated my success. Later in my career, he mentored me as a technical consultant and troubleshooter. One never knows the impact he may have for good- Norbert has literally blessed the lives and careers of thousands for the greater good. RIP!"

This tribute was added by Amy Hawkins on 9th April 2013

"My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.  He will be missed very much."

This tribute was added by Elyese Anderson on 4th April 2013

"Norbert, I am so glad you accidently picked up the phone when I called Argen the week before the 24th. Hearing your blushing laugh always made me smile. I am heartbroken for your family and Argen family. I always told you I was your best fan from Texas......... Thank you for your kindness, knowledge and gifts to the industry. I am thankful for hearing your smile before you had to leave."

This tribute was added by Denis Lawrence on 30th March 2013

"I had the honor and pleasure of having worked with Norbert the last 2 years when I became a member of the Argen family. He was a very kind, knowledgeable, family man whom I admired so much and loved working with. I was his go-to guy for his odds & ends chores for his RMA's and occasional computer tech support. Norbs, thank you for all the wisdom and values you unselfishly shared with us!"

This tribute was added by Tina Montgomery on 29th March 2013

"I wrote a story about Norbert and want to light a candle as well.
Norbert was amazing! A big, bright sunshine ray that shined 5 days a week...we were all lucky to see and feel that energy!
I wish you well on your new journey.
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and Argen family."

This tribute was added by monica nixon on 29th March 2013

"Norbert.I look at my speed dial with your name on it. My direct line to my friend.
What will I do, when I have a question? When I need some guidance?
It has always been "get Norbert on the line" always knowing my trouble will be solved. I don't look forward to that first question without you"

This tribute was added by keith wilson on 29th March 2013

"Norbert was truly a great friend and colleague to all of us. He has helped teach me more about dental alloy than anyone I have known over the years.  He was kind and helpful to all of my customers here in Texas. I wish he would have written a book about some of the funny technical questions he has taken over the years. It would be at least a 1,000 pages long.  May God comfort your family."

This tribute was added by Sumara Buchanan on 29th March 2013

"Norbert,
I will so miss our talks and sharing of friendship. Be it regarding dental related issues or just rambling conversation. And, of course the animal emails sent back and forth.  
It was forever generously informative, uplifting and heart felt.
Thank you Norbert. You have been a gift to me.
I miss you.
My prayers and blessings go out to his family, colleagues and friends."

This tribute was added by Greg Tamkin on 28th March 2013

"I was very saddened by the news of Norbert's passing. He was a great friend and always had time to share his warmth and dry sense of humour. The Dental Technology profession has lost an generous educator and an amazing technical  resource -he will be missed.
"Until we meet again-"
My sincere condolences to the entire Argen family."

This tribute was added by Jan Larman on 28th March 2013

"When I first started at Argen, almost 10 years ago, Norbert would call or email me a couple of times a week to see if I needed his help. He was so kind and patient when explaining things to me or our customers. Norbert, I am hearbroken to know I will not see your smiley face, hear you say "Hello my friend" and offer a piece of gum. I miss you dearly!  My thoughts and prayers to the family."

This tribute was added by Deborah Baltazar-Moore on 28th March 2013

"It’s shocking to the receive news like this, when you just had lunch with him the week before. He was always there and now he won’t be.
Norbert always treated me and everyone like gold. He was truly a treasure.
I’m going to miss him very much.

My sincerest condolences to his family."

This tribute was added by Dan Burch on 28th March 2013

"Norbert would always call my girls his girls. Every time we would hang up from a conversation, he would say. Take care of my girls! Norbert meant my wife and two daughters. We will all miss him. Thank God for letting us have Norbert in our lives for the 21 years that we did."

This tribute was added by Dan Burch on 28th March 2013

"Norbert and I have been friends and co workers for 21 years. Norbert was one of the first people at Argen that I immediately struck up a friendship with. Norbert always had a positive attitude about himself and made you feel better after speaking with him.
I had Norbert come to Texas many times over the years and every time, he would meet my daughters."

This tribute was added by Justin Hoang on 28th March 2013

"Over the summer I worked in the lab as an intern. Though I only saw him in passing, Norbert was always there to greet me with a warn smile whenever we crossed paths. He really just made my transition into the lab a welcoming experience and I will always remember the brief moments we shared."

This tribute was added by Paula Dease on 28th March 2013

"I thoroughly enjoyed knowing Norbert for nearly 18 years. No one will be able to fill the emptiness I feel right now. He was kind, generous, and loved talking about alloys, and never tired of explaining how and why one alloy was better than the other. That is why every alloy in my mouth since I've known him came from his advise. Norb was just a very special person, and I will miss him!"

This tribute was added by Eileen Youngerman on 27th March 2013

"Norbert took me under his wing 7 1/2 years ago when I came to Argen with no experience in the dental industry. I called him with so many questions and over time, although I usually knew the answer I would still call him to be sure. Every conversation started with "Hi Sweetie" and ended with Norbert reminding me to believe in how much I actually knew. Goodbye Sweetie! You will be missed...."

This tribute was added by Eric Sirkin on 27th March 2013

"Descansa tranquilo Norberto. ¡Gracias por todo!"

This tribute was added by Eric Sirkin on 27th March 2013

"I could probably talk forever about how great Norbert is!  I first met Norb when I was very young. He worked with and taught my father about alloys for over 20 years. 10 years ago I was hired by Argen which gave me the honor to work with him as well. He taught the world so much.  He was one of the kindest men known. I am so glad my whole family knew him. Thank you Norb just for being!"

This tribute was added by Joseph Scheiblauer on 27th March 2013

"In addition to all of his professional accolades, Norb was just a great guy who loved joining you in conversation.  Early on, we discoverd that we had travel in Mexico in common and, much to our surprise, we both had a favorite taco place in Mexico City...the "Tizoncito".  Norb, I hope you're enjoying tacos at the heavenly taco stand:-)"

This tribute was added by lynne lockwald on 27th March 2013

"Hello my friend, how've you been? How I wish I could hear those words just one more time. But, as with all things even the energizer bunny isn't forever. With eyes filled with tears, good bye dear friend. Here's hoping we'll meet again."

This tribute was added by nina leavitt on 27th March 2013

"I have only had the pleasure to work with Norbert a short time, but in that short time I became good friends with him. Every morning he would give the captek girls candy or treats....our day always started off great with this tradition.  I will miss you dearly Norbert.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."


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