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Norman Kerry Bentley
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Birth: Dec. 20, 1930
Brewster Corner
Washington County
Maine, USA
Death: Nov. 5, 2008
New London
Merrimack County
New Hampshire, USA

Age: 77 yrs.

S/O Norman Robert Bentley & Marion Fuller (Eaton) Bentley
H/O Muriel Elise (Severance) Bentley, (8 Sep 1933-14 Mar 2004), m. 20 Aug 1955
F/O Robert N. Bentley
F/O Scott A. Bentley
F/O Debra L. (Bentley) Gonyea
F/O Susan E. (Bentley) Hanson
F/O Heather Bentley

Last Residence: Newport, Sullivan County, New Hampshire 03773, USA [SSDI]


Newport, NH: Norman Kerry Bentley, 77, of Springfield Road passed away at the New London Hospital, November 5, 2008, following a long decline in health.

Norman was born in Brewer, ME, the son of the late Norman Robert and Marion Fuller (Eaton) Bentley. He was raised and educated in Sutton, NH, attended New London High School and worked for the Sutton Volunteer Fire Dept for 2 years. Norman then entered the U.S. Army in 1949 and fought for his country during the Korean War Conflict until his honorable discharge in 1952. He achieved the rank of Tech Sergeant with the 3rd Infantry, 14th Field Artillery as a Forward Observer with the Special Forces-Cobra Team. Norman was a distinguished member of the Honor Guard to the Supreme Commander of the Far East, with his job being the personal bodyguard to the Five Star General Mark Clark. Upon return to the states Norman met and married Muriel Elise Severance on August 20, 1955 and they shared 49 years together until her death on March 14, 2004. Norman was a part-time officer for the Newport Police and Fire Departments and was employed with Public Service of NH for 34 years, retiring in 1987 as a Master Lineman. He was a past member of several local organizations including the American Legion, VFW, Forrester's Club and the Newport Moose Club where he served as "Governor." Norman loved to cook for anybody and everybody, and could keep them entertained by his love of the art of conversation. He was very proud of his Scottish Heritage and loved to sail on the ocean at every opportunity. Norman was also considered the embodiment of Christian Charity by always helping anyone in need and never asking for anything in return.

Survivors include Two Sons: Robert and his wife, Melissa, of Andover and Scott of Sunapee; Three Daughters: Debra Gonyea and her husband, Robert, and Susan Hanson all of Newport, and Heather Bentley of Concord; Three Brothers: Robert and his wife, Ruthann, of Salisbury, NH, Phillip and his wife, Clara, of Rocky Mount, NC, and Peter and his wife, Martha, of Decatur, AL; Four Sisters: Paula Leisinger and her husband, Lou, of Jackson Hole, WY, Gail Lavoie of MT, Mary Everingham and her husband, Peter, of Yuma, AZ, and Holly Pickard of NC; his sister-in-law, Audrey Bentley of Salisbury, NH; Six Grandchildren: Dorresa and Christopher Gonyea, Tina Hanson, Emily, Samuel and Aidan Bentley; Five Great-Grandchildren: Harley and Keegan Osgood, Kayla, Jordan & Zachary Hanson and Two Nieces. Norman was predeceased by an infant brother, Michael, and by his brother Darrel in 2005.

Friends may call on the family from 2-4PM and from 7-9PM on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main Street in Newport. A Graveside Committal Service will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, November 14, 2008 at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport with Full Military Honors.

Donations may be made in Norman's name to the American Red Cross, 84 Court Street, Keene NH 03431.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home. . 
Family links: 
  Muriel Severance Bentley (1933 - 2004)*
  Robert N Bentley (1959 - 2016)*
  Scott A Bentley (1966 - 2015)*
*Calculated relationship
Pine Grove Cemetery
Sullivan County
New Hampshire, USA
Created by: Earl Abbe
Record added: Nov 09, 2008
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Norman Kerry Bentley
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Norman Kerry Bentley
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