Vernon William Bentz
September 27, 1921 - September 18, 2013
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Vernon William Bentz, 91, passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Perry. Interment will be in Perry Memorial Gardens immediately following the service. Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013, at Watson-Hunt Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests contributions to First Baptist Church of Perry, 1105 Main Street, Perry, GA 31069 or American Legion, P. O. Box 1062, Perry, GA 31069.
Mr. Bentz was born in Stoughburg, Pennsylvania to the late Earl H. and Ella Meredith Bentz. After graduating from high school, his mother paid for him to take an Electrical Technician Correspondence Course, which certainly helped him during his time in the military. He proudly served our country in the U. S. Navy as a Radar Operator for 2 years, and was drafted a few years later into the U. S. Air Force. A true serviceman, he began working for the Federal Government in Civil Service upon his separation from the Air Force in 1951. Mr. Bentz spent many hours woodworking, and in fact, built his home and a cabin in Pennsylvania. In 1966, he moved his family to Perry to begin working at Robins Air Force Base, where he was employed for 32 years. For years, he loved playing the card game pinochle with his wife and friends and always loved listening to his classical music. Mr. Bentz was a member of First Baptist Church of Perry and a member of the Dot Hardy Sunday School Class. He was a faithful man and was proud to have taught Sunday School for 50 years in Pennsylvania and in Georgia. Mr. Bentz was a member of Houston Lodge #35 F & AM and the American Legion. He was preceded in death by his infant sister, Anna Mae Bentz; his wife, Pauline Haak Bentz; and his daughter, Gloria Jean Bentz Hoyer.
Left to cherish the memories of Mr. Bentz are his wife of 27 years, Louise Harrison Bentz of Perry; his daughter, Barbara Smith (Robert) of Brunswick; four grandchildren, Amy Ellison Culver (Pete) and Abby Ellison Drury (Clark), both of Brunswick, Lt. Col. Sean M. Hoyer of Clovis, NM, and Ryan J. Hoyer (Wendy) of Lititz, PA; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to leave condolences for the family in the online guestbook at www.watsonhunt.com.