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Worker killed in accident at Ocean Spray facility in Henderson

Updated Monday, July 28, 2014 | 5:10 p.m.

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Harry Lentz

An Ocean Spray worker died from injuries he suffered in an accident at the company’s Henderson distribution center on Saturday.

Ocean Spray confirmed in a statement that the fatal accident occurred at the Black Mountain Distribution Center, which ships the company’s juice products manufactured at a nearby plant. The company did not release the employee’s name, but a family member and the Clark County Coroner’s Office identified him as 53-year-old Harry Lentz.

Henderson Police and Fire Department officials responded about 10:30 a.m. Saturday to reports that a man had fallen through a skylight at the facility, city spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said.

“Ocean Spray has contacted the family and will assist the family in any way possible,” the company statement said.

According to the Clark County Coroner’s Office, Lentz died at Sunrise Hospital on Saturday of blunt impact injuries to the head and torso. His death was ruled an accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was on the scene, according to the Ocean Spray statement.

Lane Lentz, Harry Lentz’s first wife with whom he had two daughters, said he worked for Ocean Spray for 20 years as a mechanical and electrical technician. Though she had not been informed about the circumstances surrounding the accident, she said, her ex-husband often worked on the facility’s roof to maintain the air conditioning.

Lentz’s main interests were his children and job, she said. “We had our differences, but we got along even after we got divorced because he was a great human,” she said.

Dee Morgan, Lane Lentz’s sister who lives in Tennessee, said the death was “hitting the family really hard. I thought the world of Harry. He was just a delightful human being, a hard worker, a good family man. He was just a really great guy.”

Lentz is survived by his wife, Dawn Leever-Lentz, and daughters Delaney, 18, and McKenzie, 16.

​"He was my light, my love and my heart. It's like I've lost my soul," Leever-Lentz said of her husband of nine years. "I'm going to miss everything about him."

Sun reporter Adwoa Fosu contributed to this report.

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