Richard "Dick" Bentel, 93, of Fairmont, passed from this life Friday (July 7, 2017) in his home, after a lengthy illness.
He was born in the Cooks Hospital in Fairmont, Sept. 23, 1923, the only child of the late Richard Overton and Normi Downs Bentel.
He graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1941 and later that year began his association with Fairmont Box Co. and continued until 1981 when it closed. Then he was employed with the Fairmont Water Commission and the office of Marion County Solid Waste Authority. He was the last employee of all three and was always asked to turn out the lights and close the door, and he finally retired in 1997.
Dick was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army from 1943 to 1946 with overseas duty in New Guinea, Philippines and Japan. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Medal with two combat stars; Philippine Liberation Medal with one combat star; Army of Occupation of Japan; and the American Theater Medal.
He became associated with The American Legion in 1939 when he joined the Fairmont Squadron of the Sons of The American and a delegate to the 1940 Mountaineer Boys' State. Following his return from military service in 1946 he joined Fairmont Post No. 17 of The American Legion and was a life member having served in many offices including post commander 1977 and 1978. He was also adjutant/finance officer of the Second District of the State American Legion.
He had the honor of being accepted into the Forty & Eight in 1947, having held many local offices reaching the high office of grand chef de gare (state commander). He was a life member of VFW Post 629 in Fairmont and secretary of the Marion County Veterans Council.
Dick was a life member of the Marion County Senior Citizens having served as secretary and president of the board of directors.
He became a member of the Methodist Temple in 1936 and continued when the Temple merged with Diamond Street Methodist Church, which is now Gateway United Methodist Church, where he was an usher and a member of the Finance Committee.
Mr. Bentel is survived by two daughters, Charlotte Shroyer and Pamela and David Yanero; four grandchildren, Steven Shroyer, Amy and Staff Sgt. Robert Branham, Cory Jo and Brad Waggoner, and Cameron Yanero; also one great-granddaughter, Catlynn "Katie" Moore.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Alma Miller Bentel, whom he married in June 1946 in the Methodist Temple by Rev. High. Alma passed on her 87th birthday April 7, 2011, following a lengthy illness.
Dick has requested that memorial contributions be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Second Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814
Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the Frey Home For Funerals (Addition Chapel A), 320 Madison St., Fairmont. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Pastor Tim Edin officiating. He will be laid to rest with his wife at the West Virginia National Cemetery with full military honors being presented by the U.S. Army and the Marion County Honor Guard.
Published on July 9, 2017