Martin Bentley, 83, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, at his home on
Clear Lake in Manitowish Waters.
He was born on Oct. 27, 1929, to Ben and Mildred Bentley in Greenville,
John grew up in western Pennsylvania where he attended Perry Township
Grade School and Hadley High School. He attended Thiel College and Penn
State University and in 1951 received his Bachelor of Science degree in
electrical engineering. He served in the Army Reserves Signal Corp from
1950 to 1956. In 1956, he married Joan “Jo” Baer. John and Jo were
happily married for 57 years. They lived in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, N.Y.,
Cedarburg and finally in Manitowish Waters.
John had an illustrious career as a prominent electrical engineer in the
field of control and drive systems for the paper industry worldwide.
Over the course of 45 years, John was employed by Westinghouse,
Allen-Bradley/Stromberg, and ABB. He was an author and instructor in his
areas of expertise for many years. John was appointed the status of
“Fellow” in two technical associations, TAPPI and IEEE. These
prestigious honors are just two of the many awards and acknowledgements
John received in his prominent career. After retiring in 1996, John
continued to do part-time consulting and enjoyed attending annual
John was an active member of Church of the Pines United Methodist Church
in Minocqua, where he served as chairperson of the Mission Committee for
many years. John’s faith guided him since he was a young boy, and he was
always very committed as a servant of Jesus Christ in his church and in
One of John’s passions in the years after retiring “up north” was his
work with the Manitowish Waters Lion’s Club. He served as secretary of
this organization for over 10 years. In 2010, John was bestowed with the
club’s highest honor, the Bud Hyland Award for excellence in club
achievement. John also received the Birch-Sturm Fellowship award from
the Wisconsin Lion’s Foundation and from the Lion’s Club International
Foundation he received the Melvin Jones Fellowship award. John’s servant
attitude guided him in his work with the Lions organization and in every
area of his life.
John is survived by his spouse, Jo Bentley of Manitowish Waters; his
brother, Richard (Beverly) Bentley of Birmingham, Ala.; his son, Eric
(Sally) of Edwardsville, Ill.; his daughter, Amy (Richard) Manns, of
Waukesha; his grandchildren, Allyson and Benjamin Manns, Minka and John
Bentley; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Pines United
Methodist Church, 415 Chippewa St., Minocqua, on Saturday, May 25, at 11
a.m. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to
the Lions Club of Manitowish Waters, P.O. Box 301, Manitowish Waters, WI
54545, for the benefit of the Lions Camp in Rosholt or the Church of the
Pines United Methodist Church, 415 Chippewa St., Minocqua, WI 54548.
Condolences may be shared at
www.bolgerfuneral.com. Bolger Funeral Home in Minocqua is assisting
“Well done, good and faithful servant.”
– Matthew 25:21