Ernest Leon Bentz age 85, 429 of Portland passed away Tuesday evening in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. He was born in Portland January 24, 1933 the son of Orville and Majeska (McLaughlin) Bentz. He was married September 6, 1953 to D. Joan Willman who survives. He served with the US Airforce during the Koerean Conflict and was a member of American Legion Post #211, VFW, International Operating Engineers 103 and attended Portland High School. He had worked as a heavy equipment operator for International Operating 103.
Surviving are his wife Joan, two sons Max Bentz (companion Deb Wall) of Portland and Roger Bentz (wife Rebecca) of Fishers, IN., one daughter Carol Poling (husband Mike) of Portland, Five grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Graveside funeral services will be Friday at 2:00 PM in the Green Park Cemetery Chapel with Pastor Joe Studt presiding. Burial will follow with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are entrusted with the arrangements.