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Gerald Bentley

August 16, 1945 - December 16, 2013

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 10:30 AM Messiah Lutheran Church

Gerald Allen “Jerry” Bentley, 68, of Urbana, passed away, Monday, December 16, 2013 in Springfield Regional Medical Center.


He was born August 16, 1945 in Warrensburg, Missouri, the son of Alvie Allen and Ruth Irene (Lewis) Bentley.


Jerry was a graphic arts teacher at Urbana High School for 38 years where he also coached basketball, track and cross country. He enjoyed traveling, woodworking, doing yard work, photography, antiquing and most of all, being Papi.


He is survived by his wife, Suzanne (Dils) Bentley of Urbana, his daughter, Sara Marie Bentley of Hilliard, his grandson, Owen; brother, Barrie Bentley; brothers-in-law, David Jones and Richard Dils; sisters-in-law, Ann Bentley, Connie Jones and Martha Dils; mother-in-law, Anna Marie Dils; aunts and uncles, Jean Raabe, Barbara Dils, Frank & Mary Lokai, Patty & Don Roosa, Dolores Mootz, Rose Lewis, Isabelle & Fred Dalton; nieces and nephews, Angie, Robert, Amanda, Luke and Victoria Bowman, Carrie and Adam Reed, Nick Grugin, Emily, Gabby and Mikala & Nicole Bentley, Rebecca & Allen Boyd, Kevin Reichhard, Roselin Blaede and Dakota Storm; as well as numerous cousins and a host of friends.


Jerry is preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Roger Glenn Dils.


Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Messiah Lutheran Church, Urbana with Rev. Scott J. Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Dale Cemetery, Urbana. The family will receive friends at the church after the committal service. Services are entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Owen’s College Fund, Payable to Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, (Ref. Owen Moss Acct. # 0002664270), mail to Sara Bentley, 1147 Baccarat Dr., Columbus, OH 43228, the American Heart Association, PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693, the Alzheimer’s Association, 3797 Summit Glen Dr. G100, Dayton, OH 45449 or to the donor’s favorite charity.


Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


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Tina Jones - Dec 20, 2013

Jerry Bentley was one of my favorite people-always smiling, always happy and kind. I think everyone that knew him felt the same way! You are blessed to have had him in your life and my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Tina Duke Jones

Kristen (Rader) Wasson - Dec 18, 2013

What an amazing man! He was gentle, kind, and a wonderful teacher. He will be greatly missed. I am so sorry for your loss.
Thoughts and prayers for you and the family,
Kristen (Rader) Wasson

Chuck Raterman - Dec 18, 2013

Just a note to say what a wonderful man and Teacher Mr. Bentley was. When I attended UHS I wasn’t a scholar by any means. Math, Science, Social Studies and especially English couldn’t hold my attention. What saved me was being able to take ANY class that Mr. Bentley taught. I learned so much about so many things while in his class. Most of all, he gave me the confidence to successful. For that, I’m truly thankful. It’s never easy to lose someone so dear especially when it’s so close to the holidays but I wanted your family to know how much he touched me as a person.

Amy McCaulla Harris - Dec 18, 2013

It is with deepest sympathy and condolences as I write this. I have very fond memories of Mr.Bentley in my book he was “The Best Teacher” many good laughs while in his classes. He didn’t even become angry when several of us were in the dark room and lost the film on the floor and he had to turn out all the lights in the industrial arts area and come in and help us find it! Deep respect and love for him. He will be greatly missed. May you all find peace in this difficult time. God Bless you all.

Theresa Dwyer - Dec 17, 2013

Although I never had Mr. Bentley for a teacher, I wished I had. Always helpful and quick with a smile. My condolences to the family. He will be missed

Larry Lokai - Dec 17, 2013

It has come as such a shock to receive a call on the passing of my cousin, Jerry Bentley. We grew up together, shared so many family functions together and even started teaching the same time in 1967. When I moved back to Urbana in 1999 was able to observe the closeness of the students Jerry taught and see his excellent family relations with all involved. He will be missed, but the positive impressions he left with everybody will always be remembered. Jerry was always ready to help when needed and went beyond the expectations of a master teacher and role model for students to follow for 38 years. We will never forget all the positive moments our family and his parents shared for nearly 70 years and how welcome he made us feel with his smile. God bless and say hello to Aunt Ruth and Uncle Alvie in heaven, we will be watching for the ray of light from above each day.
Your cousin Larry Lokai

Troy & Kathy Hixon & family - Dec 17, 2013

Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you and your family. Jerry was a very kind man and will be greatly missed. If there is ever anything you need, please let us know.

Beth Smith Phillips - Dec 17, 2013

I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Bentley’s passing – my mom Eileen and I were so very fond of him, he was a great teacher and coach with a warm sense of humor. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time –
Beth Smith Phillips, class of 1974

Deborah Steinmetz - Dec 17, 2013

I am truly sorry for your loss. Jerry was a wonderful, extraordinary man & a dear friend. I will miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Dennis Dils - Dec 17, 2013

My fondest memories are when we would just sit and talk about anything just as if we spent every day together. Jerry had a way of making you feel good, so down to earth and friendly. Sure will miss his smile and warm personality. Love you Suzanne, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Eickhoff Family - Dec 17, 2013

So sorry to hear about your loss. Jerry was a great teacher, colleague, and most importantly a true friend. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Angela Greenlee - Dec 17, 2013

Jerry was much more than a cousin. He was a silent role model for me and I wish that I had thanked him for it. Many times, when I was in a rough patch, I would think of Jerry, his laughter and smiles and that thought would somehow dissolve difficulty and provide a new path. How fortunate we were to have Jerry in our lives. The warmth and radiant happiness of his smile will forever be in my heart.

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Lori Brandyberry Raymond - Dec 17, 2013

I’m so very sorry to hear of Mr. Bentley’s passing. He was an amazing teacher and one who makes an impression on your life. He always spoke to me when I would see you both out and I was always amazed he remembered my name all these years away from school. I pray you find comfort and peace knowing how he impacted young lives and cherish the memories with your family. Keeping you all lifted in prayer through this difficult time. Blessings – Lori Raymond

Lori Brandyberry Raymond - Dec 17, 2013

I’m so very sorry to hear of Mr. Bentley’s passing. He was an amazing teacher and one who makes an impression on your life. He always spoke to me when I would see you both out and I was always amazed he remembered my name all these years away from school. I pray you find comfort and peace knowing how he impacted young lives and cherish the memories with your family. Keeping you all lifted in prayer through this difficult time. Blessings – Lori Raymond

Jed - Dec 17, 2013

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Kim Daniels - Dec 17, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Bentleys passing. He was one of my favorite teachers at UHS. My husband and I just loved him. He touched so many lives through teaching. He was the reason I went to college for photography. I thank him for teaching me to pursue my passion. May you find comfort in the days ahead. He truly was a wonderful man.

Nancy and Darrell Heckman - Dec 17, 2013

So sorry to hear this extraordinarily sad news. Jerry had our respect and admiration on many fronts. Our hearts are with you, and we will keep your family in our prayers.
N and D

Troy & Kathy Hixon and family - Dec 17, 2013

Words can not express how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and if you ever need anything please let us know. Jerry was such a kind man and he will be greatly missed.

Heather (Cabbell) Kendall - Dec 17, 2013

Sara, Mrs. Bentley, and family my deepest sympathy to you in your time of loss. Mr. Bentley was an amazing man and teacher. He was by far one of my favorites always so kind with that warm smile that would brighten any room. He had such patience with his students and we really knew he cared. He had an affect on so many life’s mine included. He will be greatly missed. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Alyssa Dunham - Dec 17, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

Philip Lorensen - Dec 17, 2013

my sincerest condolences. Mr. Bentley was one of my best teachers and a great man. I learned so much from him and he will be missed.

Olivia Westfall (Champ) - Dec 16, 2013

I was a student of Jerry’s and I graduated in 2006. I wrote a blog post about him this past summer. I thought you might like to read it.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
“about me, but not really about me”
I updated my “about me” section my photography website today. Writing about myself does not come easily.
I talked a lot about my experience through the years, and the part that brought me back the most was the part when I mentioned how my hands always smelled like dektol in high school. I spent every free moment and all my study halls there.
They say smell is the strongest sense tied to memory. And that memory made me think of my photography teacher, Mr. Bentley.
He was soft spoken and kind. I didn’t really fit into my class the older I got. After I’d finished all the photography courses, I took all the graphic arts to be able to still bug him for a roll of $2 black and white film and play around with photoshop and of course, when I had finished my work… disappear into the dark room.
I clashed with most people in my class and I kept to myself. Photography was my passion and I had always been somewhat of an introvert.
The person who talked to me everyday was Mr. Bentley, and I remember on a particular last day of school all the other kids wanted to go outside to take their own class photo and hollered for Mr. Bentley… I hardly noticed, I was cutting mat like always and focused on the math.
He said loud enough so I could hear, “I’m not taking a picture with you guys in-less Olivia comes too.”
I was annoyed. I didn’t want a picture with them. But that smile on his face made me get up and go… I did it for him. He wasn’t just a teacher, he was my friend.
Fast forward six years…
I was out to eat with my parents, Jack and newborn Jude… when I spotted Mr. Bentley sitting a few booths in front of us with his wife.
He was smiling at my boys. He noticed us first.
We chatted with the distance between us, and I got up later to chat with him at his table. And before he left he stopped by our table and I got up to hug him goodbye and when I let go he put his hands softy on my face and gave me a kiss on the cheek.
If you knew Mr. Bentley, you’d know that’s just him. And it made me feel so special and I hold that memory of him so close to my heart.
That’s the only time I’ve seen him since high school, but I hope it’s not the last.
It’s a sweet memory I don’t want to forget.
Here’s the link online: http://www.themoreiseethelessiknow.com/2013/07/about-me-but-not-really-about-me.html
It was the last time I saw him. Your husband, your father, your grandfather— he was a good man. I’m so sorry for your loss.
– Olivia

Olivia Westfall (Champ) - Dec 16, 2013

I was a student of Jerry’s and I graduated in 2006. I wrote a blog post about him this past summer. I thought you might like to read it.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
“about me, but not really about me”
I updated my “about me” section my photography website today. Writing about myself does not come easily.
I talked a lot about my experience through the years, and the part that brought me back the most was the part when I mentioned how my hands always smelled like dektol in high school. I spent every free moment and all my study halls there.
They say smell is the strongest sense tied to memory. And that memory made me think of my photography teacher, Mr. Bentley.
He was soft spoken and kind. I didn’t really fit into my class the older I got. After I’d finished all the photography courses, I took all the graphic arts to be able to still bug him for a roll of $2 black and white film and play around with photoshop and of course, when I had finished my work… disappear into the dark room.
I clashed with most people in my class and I kept to myself. Photography was my passion and I had always been somewhat of an introvert.
The person who talked to me everyday was Mr. Bentley, and I remember on a particular last day of school all the other kids wanted to go outside to take their own class photo and hollered for Mr. Bentley… I hardly noticed, I was cutting mat like always and focused on the math.
He said loud enough so I could hear, “I’m not taking a picture with you guys in-less Olivia comes too.”
I was annoyed. I didn’t want a picture with them. But that smile on his face made me get up and go… I did it for him. He wasn’t just a teacher, he was my friend.
Fast forward six years…
I was out to eat with my parents, Jack and newborn Jude… when I spotted Mr. Bentley sitting a few booths in front of us with his wife.
He was smiling at my boys. He noticed us first.
We chatted with the distance between us, and I got up later to chat with him at his table. And before he left he stopped by our table and I got up to hug him goodbye and when I let go he put his hands softy on my face and gave me a kiss on the cheek.
If you knew Mr. Bentley, you’d know that’s just him. And it made me feel so special and I hold that memory of him so close to my heart.
That’s the only time I’ve seen him since high school, but I hope it’s not the last.
It’s a sweet memory I don’t want to forget.
Here’s the link online: http://www.themoreiseethelessiknow.com/2013/07/about-me-but-not-really-about-me.html
It was the last time I saw him. Your husband, your father, your grandfather— he was a good man. I’m so sorry for your loss.
– Olivia

Olivia Westfall (Champ) - Dec 16, 2013

I was a student of Jerry’s and I graduated in 2006. I wrote a blog post about him this past summer. I thought you might like to read it.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
“about me, but not really about me”
I updated my “about me” section my photography website today. Writing about myself does not come easily.
I talked a lot about my experience through the years, and the part that brought me back the most was the part when I mentioned how my hands always smelled like dektol in high school. I spent every free moment and all my study halls there.
They say smell is the strongest sense tied to memory. And that memory made me think of my photography teacher, Mr. Bentley.
He was soft spoken and kind. I didn’t really fit into my class the older I got. After I’d finished all the photography courses, I took all the graphic arts to be able to still bug him for a roll of $2 black and white film and play around with photoshop and of course, when I had finished my work… disappear into the dark room.
I clashed with most people in my class and I kept to myself. Photography was my passion and I had always been somewhat of an introvert.
The person who talked to me everyday was Mr. Bentley, and I remember on a particular last day of school all the other kids wanted to go outside to take their own class photo and hollered for Mr. Bentley… I hardly noticed, I was cutting mat like always and focused on the math.
He said loud enough so I could hear, “I’m not taking a picture with you guys in-less Olivia comes too.”
I was annoyed. I didn’t want a picture with them. But that smile on his face made me get up and go… I did it for him. He wasn’t just a teacher, he was my friend.
Fast forward six years…
I was out to eat with my parents, Jack and newborn Jude… when I spotted Mr. Bentley sitting a few booths in front of us with his wife.
He was smiling at my boys. He noticed us first.
We chatted with the distance between us, and I got up later to chat with him at his table. And before he left he stopped by our table and I got up to hug him goodbye and when I let go he put his hands softy on my face and gave me a kiss on the cheek.
If you knew Mr. Bentley, you’d know that’s just him. And it made me feel so special and I hold that memory of him so close to my heart.
That’s the only time I’ve seen him since high school, but I hope it’s not the last.
It’s a sweet memory I don’t want to forget.
Here’s the link online: http://www.themoreiseethelessiknow.com/2013/07/about-me-but-not-really-about-me.html
It was the last time I saw him. Your husband, your father, your grandfather— he was a good man. I’m so sorry for your loss.
– Olivia

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