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Service The Boldt Funeral Home
  Monday, March 12, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
Visitation The Boldt Funeral Home, Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.
  and on Monday from 9:30  to 10:30 a.m.

Harold D. "Hal" Bentley, age 69, of Faribault, died on March 5, 2012 at St. Lucas Care Center, Faribault, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Memorial services will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Steven Delzer, pastor of Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, Faribault, officiating.

Memorial visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home on Sunday, March 11th from 2 to 4 p.m. and also for one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Harold D., the son of Harland and Anne (Aanden) Bentley, was born May 28, 1942 in Omaha, NE. He graduated from Santa Paula High School, Santa Paula, CA and from Long Beach State University, Long Beach, CA. He married Patricia Rahm on June 22, 1963 in Long Beach, CA. Hal served as a Boy Scout leader for many years. He was a teacher at Norwalk, CA, Barrett, MN and Saudi Arabia. He served in the Army National Guard. Hal was formerly employed by Aramco Oil Co. of Saudi Arabia, Genova Products of Faribault and Cabellaís of Owatonna. He was a thrill seeker and enjoyed scuba driving, parachuting, bungee jumping and all recreational sports, especially the outdoors which fulfilled his passion for firearms.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; three children, Jennifer (and Dan) Bauer of Nerstrand, Jeffrey (and Amy) Bentley of Faribault and Clifford (and Annette) Bentley of Owatonna; seven grandchildren, Mark Foster, Stacy Bauer, Alyssa and Grace Bentley, Monique and Monisha Bentley and Halie Sievers; one great grandchild, Hadden DeLoss Foster; siblings, Harriet (and Wallace) Hughes of Santa Maria, CA, Terry (and Russ) Albertson of Fergus Falls, Carol (and Bruce) Peasley of Park City, UT, and Douglas (and Christy) Bentley of Santa Maria, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Name: Peter Holmen
Email: pholmen@gmail.com
Date: Monday March 30, 2015


Mr Bentley, Hal was my shop teacher, wood, metal ,welding for 6 year 7th-12th at Barrett High. He was a great teacher. and it was a honor to have known him. My belated condolences to his family. Sincerely Peter Holmen Texas Realtor

Name: Capital Savings Trust Security
Email: cps02@live.co.uk
Date: Wednesday July 11, 2012


Capital Savings Trust Fund Securities. We Members of Capital Savings Trust Fund Securities would like to offer our heart felt condolences we are deeply saddened by the death of Mr.Harold H.Bentley Kienzler who has been one of our esteemed customers in the past years. We hope the family finds peace which comes from the memories of love shared now and in the days to come. We pray the love of God enfolds you during your difficult times and he helps you heal from this loss with the passage of time. Please Family members or beneficiary of the deceased should contact us via email: cps02@live.co.uk For informationís regarding the deceased's Savings Trust Fund with our Company. Thank You. Mr. George R. Smith

Name: Scott & Julie MacQuarrie
Email: quarriequarters@yahoo.com
Date: Monday March 26, 2012


Scott and Julie will miss Hal from the time from LBSC where they met until his recent passing. Julie especially appreciated his serving as one of our groomsmen at our wedding, almost 48 years ago. We also enjoyed our trip to Havasu Landing, Colorado River at which we and the kids had a good time. Our thoughts and prayers go with Pat and the entire family and he will never be forgotten. Hal we hope you are dancing with the angels and free of pain...

Name: Joan Larson
Email: ejljcl@ runestone.com
Date: Friday March 23, 2012


I am so sorry to hear that Hal has died. He was a leader in our community. His infulence on our students has been and will be known for many years. Our school has been blessed with many outstanding faculty. Pat, You and the children were his "crowning jewels." You and you family are in our prayers. Joan and Ellard Larson

Name: Carol Ann Block Stender
Email: cdstender3@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday March 22, 2012


Was sorry to learn of the passing of Hal Bentley. I am thankful Lorrie Larson Alsaker sent me a note so I, too, have an opportunity to extend my sympathies and to recall a great guy and teacher. I am the person who sat in the back seat with Lorrie as a student attempted to drive. I think we even grabbed each others hands at one point in the trip. The driving experience had no bearing on the teaching of Mr. Bentley. He had a way of engaging students and relating to you. One summer I took math during summer school in hopes of getting ahead and not taking the class the next school year. Mr. Bentley was our bus driver. There was one student who should've attended summer school who lived in the country and did not have the greatest home life. I remember on one of our drives home, he stopped the bus at this student's home and went to talk to the parents. No one on the bus questioned his move or complained that we were a bit late getting home that summer day. We knew he cared. He wanted the best for that student and for us all. We were all blessed to have had him for a teacher. Blessed be the name of Hal Bentley. Carol Ann Barrett Class of 1974.

Name: Suzanne DeClercq Trenda
Date: Thursday March 22, 2012


So sad to read that Mr. Bentley passed. I was very lucky to be able to take Industrial Arts from him my Senior year '71-72. I was envious of the guys doing fiberglass snowmobile shells and working with styrofoam beads making custom coolers (wonder why they needed those). I also remember the beautiful laminated bows he helped them make. He taught me to use the turning lathe, built my own silk screening setup and printed T-shirts. I didn't know he was a soldier.. but should have know by how "HOOAH" he always was. He was a great man. Deepest sympathy to his family.

Name: Holly Schueller
Email: hollys@sjlouis.com
Date: Thursday March 22, 2012


Jennifer So sorry to hear about your dad...may he rest in peace God Bless Class of '84 Barrett High School Holly (Huemoeller) Janna Gary Nathan Carla Shawn Mike Ryan

Name: Marilyn Robinson
Date: Thursday March 22, 2012


Today I found out Hal had passed away. My deepest sympathy to the entire family. Pat, make sure when you come and see Bruce and Carol, you give me a call. I would love to see you again...

Name: Lorrie (Larson) Alsaker
Email: lalsaker@embarqmail.com
Date: Thursday March 22, 2012


I had to laugh when I read the statement that Hal was a "thrill seeker". He was my drivers ed teacher in Barrett. We would go in groups of three for our behind the wheel training and there was one student that even gave us in the back seat white knuckles. It was many years before she got her license! I'm one of Susan (Larson) Sommerfeld's older sisters and I can tell you that her choice of taking shop over home ed is understandable. She still avoids the kitchen. Great memories of Mr. Bentley.

Name: Cheri (Hanson) Wiens
Email: crwiens@mac.com
Date: Wednesday March 21, 2012


I was too old to have had Hal as a teacher at good old BHS but met home and his lovely wife Pat when they first came to Barrett. I became friends with them and spent many hours at their kitchen table exchanging stories. Pat, I send my deepest sympathies to you and your family and hope your memories of your life together help you keep pushing on. Love and prayers, Cheri

Name: Bobbi Jo (Hanson) Wiener
Email: bobbiwiener@gmail.com
Date: Wednesday March 21, 2012


Pat and family, I am so sorry to hear about Hal's passing. I also took a shop class at good old Barrett High School with a few girls; I think some of us girls provided some amusement for Mr. Bentley. The Hanson family had the added benefit of being neighbors to the Bentley family for a little while. I have fond memories of your family. It is obvious that Hal touched the lives of many people, not just the students who were fortunate to have known him and learned from him. Blessed be the memory of Hal Bentley; keeping you in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Bobbi Jo (Hanson) Wiener

Name: Al and Gisela Cruchet
Email: al.cruchet@sendit.nodak.edu
Date: Wednesday March 21, 2012


Damn...glad Tony posted on Facebook on Hal's passing. I have a TON of memories of Hal and his family, but can't share them all here. We started teaching at Barrett in 1971 and totally enjoyed our years at Barrett and all the wonderful people and parents and students we met. We still think it might have been the best time of our lives. When I first met Hal I really figured he was pretty much full of lots of BS!!!! It didn't take me long to realize that this guy knew his stuff and could back it up. I REALLY became a believer in how good Hal was at 'stuff' when one cold frigid night we were driving home from Minneapolis with a bus load of kids (must have been like one of the Gopher promotion days) and the bus broke down. Hal fixed the carburetor or the points or something (How would I know??) with a ball point pen using a flashlight in freezing cold weather. I never doubted him after that. When we reminisce about Barrett we always think of Hal and we always will ...and always remember him!!

Name: Susan (Larson) Sommerfeld
Email: susan.sommerfeld@wayzata.k12.mn.us
Date: Wednesday March 21, 2012


The standard practice at Barrett High School (grades 7 - 12) all the way into the 1970's was: girls take home economics and boys take shop. I met with the principal (Mr. Parsons) prior to the first week of school as a 7th grader in the fall of 1974 and requested a class change to take Mr. Bentley's Industrial Arts class. I was granted permission immediately. Perhaps it was because my mother was on the school board?? HAHA I appreciated the opportunity and have frequently looked back at those days in Mr. Bentley's class as some of my most memorable times at Barrett High. I learned about woodworking, how to make numerals and letters in the "drafting language" and I listened, along with my classmates, to many interesting anecdotal stories from Mr. Bentley. One of the ways Mr. Bentley would indicate a huge mistake in terms of a life decision was to state the phrase "world of hurt" in his stories. This meant that if one were to follow a certain path, it would be a bad decision. I have sometimes used that phrase in my role as principal of a middle school when working with students. :-) Hal Bentley was a great guy. My deepest sympathy to Pat and family.

Name: Al (Skip) Hartman
Email: skiph@machinerywatch.com
Date: Wednesday March 21, 2012


Like Tony, Hal was my Industrial Arts instructor in Barrett. I was saddened to learn of Hal's death. I learned a lot during those years from many of my instructors. Not very many of us had opportunity to spend time with our instructors outside of the classroom, but I was a car guy and interested in engineering and design and Hal was very encouraging to me and spent extra time with me on some of my projects during those years. For a while I considered a career in teaching Industrial Arts, mostly due to Hal's influence. Hal never suggested that I teach, I just wanted to emulate a respected mentor. I now teach engineering seminars. Not to young people, mostly to adults involved in mechanical technologies. My teaching "style" has a lot to do with what I observed Hal do in the classroom. His teaching was filled with stories of his experiences racing and other adventures he shared with the students. Those stories of personal experiences help people remember what you are teaching! I am praying for your family, Hal. I know they will miss you greatly, as will your many friends.

Name: Tony Ray
Email: tkray@runestone.net
Date: Wednesday March 21, 2012


Hal was my high school shop teacher at Barrett High School. I have very fond memories of being in his classes. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Name: Carol Gall
Email: twnk@hickorytech.net
Date: Friday March 09, 2012


Patty, I was so surprised to read of Hal's passing, and wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. I had kind of lost touch with you over the years, since I don't do much computer work now days. I have thought about you and Hal of and on over the years and will always have fond memories. Carol

Name: Sue Cashin
Date: Wednesday March 07, 2012


Pat and family, So sorry to hear about Hal. I have many wonderful memories of him from our days at Genova. He always had a story to tell and was always interested in everything around him. Cancer is so horrible and so scary. May he rest in peace, and be in pain no more. God Bless!!