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James Bentley
February 4, 1950 - November 9, 2020

James Bentley, 70, of Oelwein passed away Monday November 9, 2020 at MercyOne Medical Center in Waterloo.  There will be a Celebration of Life held at Jimmy’s home, 5124 Outer Road in Oelwein, on Friday November 13, 2020 beginning at 3:00 PM.  Due to state and federal guidelines on gatherings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing is required.  Those in attendance are required to wear a mask. 

James Wallace Bentley was born in Oran on February 4, 1950 to parents Wallace Bentley and Barbara Nichols.  He graduated from Wapsie Valley High School and then served his country honorably in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.  He had been employed with Donaldson Co. for many years and later with Rupp Air.  He was a member of the American Legion.  Jimmy’s favorite thing in life was race car driving!  He owned his own car and attended races all over Iowa. 

He loved fishing, gardening and the freedom and open air of country living.  He was a great dancer in his younger years and loved country music.  He was his own man in every way and he will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Left to celebrate Jimmy’s life are his daughter Lonna Bentley and his son Lief Bentley; his sister Mary Beth (Clyde) Guillaume and his brother Mitchel Strang.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Edna and Richard Brickman; his mother Barbara Strang; his father Wallace Bentley; and his long-time partner Eileen Arthur.  


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Cecelia Jean Schroeder on March 8, 2021 at 1:43 PM said:

Just saw his name in the Post Everlasting in the American Legion magazine (The Iowa Legionnaire). So sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed.
(WV 1968)
Shannon & Debbie Hershey on November 20, 2020 at 11:24 AM said:

We are so sorry for your loss. We knew Jim when he worked at the Donaldson Company with Shannon. May he rest in peace.
We send our sincere Sympathy to his family.
Chuck Olander on November 13, 2020 at 4:18 PM said:

I was so sorry when I learned today that Jim had died. Jim and I were the best of friends and brothers growing up. I think of all the stories that could be told. Like: going to Sunday school together, riding his go cart and horse, playing in the mud in our underwear, fighting bees, throwing firecrackers at army men, swimming in the Oran sandpit, racing his 1956 Ford stock car that smoked so bad you couldn’t hardly see the cars behind him, cruising in his grandpa’s new station wagon ( that he blew up the motor in), cruising in his 58 Chevy, in grandpa’s pickup, in his 60 Ford , and the street races in his 65 Chevy 427. There were the French fries (that Jim usually paid for) at the Four Corners ( because I didn’t have any money and Jim was always generous and shared everything he had). Jim had a quick wit, was much smarter than he ever realized, loved by me and many others, and will be greatly missed. (I was not the one who ran over Aunt Edna’s ducks on the night of the great egg fight, even in the house, but I know who did). Love you Jim.
Larry and Connie Wedemeier on November 13, 2020 at 4:07 PM said:

Extending our sympathy to Jim's family. Jim and Larry were classmates. It was great to see him at Wapsie reunion last year. Peace be with you.
Anonymous on November 13, 2020 at 11:56 AM said:

I am so sad to hear this news....he will be missed b u mamy
Betty Arthur and Ernie Cox on November 12, 2020 at 8:47 AM said:

To Jim Bentley's family.
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing.
Nancy & Lyle Miller on November 10, 2020 at 6:31 AM said:

Good guy-he'll be missed-may the Lord be with him

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