Harry Dexheimer turned 90 earlier this month. He lost his wife a few years ago, and there was no one around with whom to celebrate. Dentist Matt Turner and staff decided to take him to lunch, complete with balloons and even a boutonniere.

The office: Jan Bergsieker, Bridgette Stephenson, Sharon Sanders, Hope Gilmore and Courtney Smith, all of whom work at the office of Blue Springs dentist Matt Turner.


The patient: Harry Dexheimer, a man who dresses impeccably and is full of stories, many from his 28 years in the Air Force, starting during World War II. Bergsieker is impressed with the time he spent as a test pilot. “Whether they were going to stay up or down, you didn’t know,” she says.


Patient becomes a friend: “He’s just a really neat guy, and we love him to death,” says Bergsieker, the office manager.


A big day: Dexheimer turned 90 earlier this month. He lost his wife a few years ago, and there was no one around with whom to celebrate. Dr. Turner and staff decided to take him to lunch, complete with balloons and even a boutonniere. He chose the seared baked salmon at Hereford House – “the best salmon I have ever eaten.”


The reaction: “I thought it was great,” Dexheimer says. “I wouldn’t have had a birthday if it hadn’t been for them because I haven’t got any family in the area.”


The thanks: He dropped off a box of candy for his dentist office friends. “He is the sweetest man,” Bergsieker says.


Dexhimer adds: “I had a wonderful birthday."