William J. "Will" Bentley Sr., 88, Seymour, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky at the Veterans Hospital with his family by his side.
Born Aug. 9, 1928, in Pine Top, Kentucky, he was the son of Henry S. and Ellen (Franklin) Bentley.
On Jan. 15, 2006, in Seymour he married Barbara (Johnson) Porterfield.
After graduating from Milan High School in 1946, he then graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in general agriculture in 1951. After this stage in life, Will enlisted in the United States Army to serve his country during the Korean War. Some of his decorations include a Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, U.N. Medal, Korean Service Medal and National Defense Medal. He served his country well and reached the rank of captain and continued to serve as he retired from the Army Reserves.
After the war, he decided to further his education and received his master's degree in educational administration in 1960 from Indiana University. He was the high school vocational agriculture teacher for five years and then the high school principal for three years, all in Sunman.
Will was a member of Central Christian Church, Seymour. He retired from Safe Way of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2004. Will enjoyed woodworking and was a self-taught carpenter. He was a 61-year mason and a member of the Jackson Free & Accepted Masonic Lodge 146; Eastern Star, Seymour; and a member of American Legion Post 89.
Besides his wife Barb, he is survived by his children, John Bentley Jr., Jim (Karen) Bentley, Crysta (David) Lorentz and Cynthia Morton; stepdaughters Cathy (Gary) Wente and Sarah (Don) Snyder; 15 grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two stepgreat-grandchildren; sister Bernice Lampert; brother Ernie (Mary Lee) Bentley; sisters-in-law Betty (Jim) Guinn and Linda Hendricks; and brother-in-law Grant Meranda.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Mona Jo (Cook) Bentley, son Jeffery D. Bentley, sister Mary Sargent and two brothers-in-law, Tom Lampert and Glen Hendricks.
A memorial service will be conducted by Voss and Sons Funeral Service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Central Christian Church with the Rev. Jon Carlstrom officiating.
Friends and family may gather at Voss Chapel Tuesday June 27, from 4-8 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7 p.m., followed by an Eastern Star service. On Wednesday, June 28, friends and family will gather at Central Christian Church after 10 a.m. until time of service.
An inurnment graveside service will follow at Riverview Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.
Memorials may be written to Central Christian Church or Alzheimer's Research Foundation through Voss and Sons Funeral Service. A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.
Published on June 26, 2017