Robert E. "Bob" Bentz
Robert (Bob) E. Bentz, 89, of Dayton, VA, passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Bob was born on September 23, 1927 in Johnstown, PA., and was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Bentz of Somerset, PA. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Fay (Beeghly) Bentz; daughter Kathy Barb and husband, Larry of Broadway and their daughter, Julia Olson and husband Nate; son Mark and wife, Joyce of Mt. Sidney,VA, son David and wife, Chris of King George, VA and their children, Joseph, Katie, Kellie and Timothy; sister, Joan Costea of Somerset, PA, brothers, James Bentz of Myersdale, PA, Terry Bentz of Smyrna, DE, Jerry Bentz and wife Shirley of Dayton, VA, Thomas Bentz and wife Nancy of Smyrna, DE and sister-in-law, June Sayers of Smyrna, DE, along with 13 nieces and nephews. Bob enjoyed life. As a teenager, he worked at a greenhouse and then in a steel mill making plate armor for tanks during World War II. He later worked on his father's farm before serving in the U.S. Army. In Delaware, he worked as a staff manager for Prudential Insurance. After moving to Virginia, he did sales and service for DuBois Chemical for 25 years. He enjoyed horses, serving as leader of the 4-H Bit & Bridle Club, gardening, woodworking and could repair nearly anything. He loved dancing with his wife, Fay, and is remembered for his warmth, humor, and firm handshake. Above all, he is remembered for his love for his family and friends. Family will receive friends on Sunday, October 9 at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater, VA, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The memorial service will be held on Monday, October 10 at 11 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, with Pastor Joe Slater officiating. A reception will be held at the church after the service. A private interment will take place at Dayton Cemetery at 10 a.m., prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Covenant Presbyterian Mercy Fund, 32 South Gate Court, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 and/or Grace Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1538, King George, VA 22485. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.
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