Paul John Bentler, 81, of Park Rapids, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at Merit Care Hospital in Fargo, N.D.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Peter The Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids with the Rev. Thomas Friedl officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Cease Family Funeral Chapel in Park Rapids and one hour prior to the service at the church. Otto Henderson American Legion Post 212 Honor Guard Team will provide the color guard at the church. Burial will be in St. James Catholic Cemetery in Randall. Veterans of Foreign Wars of Randall will provide the color guard, flag presentation, taps and the 21-gun salute.
Pallbearers will be his sons.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Brian, Scott, Chris, Alan, Sara, Stephanie, Kyle, Katie, Daren, Andrew, Heather, Ben, Elizabeth, Abigail and, Peter; and great- grandchildren, Arianna, Sophia, Zachary and Addison.
He was born Oct. 16, 1927, to Bernard and Bertha (Boudreau) Bentler in Randall, Minn. He attended elementary school in Randall and graduated from Little Falls High School.
He graduated from Dunwoody Institute of Minneapolis. He was drafted into the U.S. Army/Air Force in 1946 and served in the Philippines until 1947.
He married Mary Ann Unger July 3, 1950, in Sauk Centre, Minn. They had eight sons.
He served at Camp Rucker in Alabama and in 1951 he was sent overseas to Korea. He returned after a year and was honorably discharged in October 1952 at Camp Carson, Colo. He worked at Camp Ripley before going to Korea and continued to work at the camp until 1957. He owned and operated North Star Gas Station and Garage in Randall from 1957-1960. He worked for Minnesota Power from 1960-1992. He transferred from Little Falls to Park Rapids in 1971.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and traveling. He enjoyed spending time with his sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. He was a member of the VFW Post 9073 of Randall and Otto Henderson American Legion Post 212 of Park Rapids. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church of Randall and St. Peter The Apostle Catholic Church of Park Rapids.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Wayne (Lois) Bentler of Homer, Alaska, Mark (Deb) Bentler of Lakewood, Wash., David (Wanda) Bentler of Detroit Lakes, Minn., John (Laura) Bentler of Topeka, Kan.; Dean (Terry) Bentler of Bemidji, Dan (Terry) Bentler of Bemidji and Rick (Jill) Bentler of Chico, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Ray (Violet) Bentler of El Paso, Texas; sister, Jeanette Seurin of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister-in-laws; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gordon; a grandson; brothers, Stephan, Lawrence, Willis, Raymond, Leonard, David, James, Edward, Bernard and Alfred; and sisters, Louise Manka, Marcella Japp, Sister Mary Cortona and Bertha Schultz.