Joseph “Joe” William Bentley

Published 4:43 pm Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Joseph “Joe” William Bentley, 81, of Bettendorf, Iowa, passed away May 7 in Bettendorf.  Funeral services were held on May 11 at the Bettendorf Presbyterian Church.  Visitation was held at the Runge Mortuary in Davenport, Iowa.  Burial was in the National Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill.  Memorials may be made to the church.  Online condolences may be left at

Joe was born April 26, 1934, in Atlanta, Ga. He was the son of Charlie and Mary (Phelps) Bentley.  He was raised in Greenville, Ala., and graduated from Greenville High School in 1952.  He served two years in the Army during the Korean Conflict and had received the Purple Heart Award.  He was a member of the Bettendorf V.F.W. and the American Legion.

He was united in marriage to Misuk Pak on May 5, 1975, in Montgomery, Ala.  He worked for the civil service at the Pentagon for 10 years, in Vietnam for a year, Korea for two years and in Germany for four years and became director of logistics for the Army prior to his retirement.

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Joe was a modest, “good guy” who refused to use handicapped privileges until he absolutely had to.   He served as an elder and deacon for his church. He volunteered for Meals On Wheels and the food pantry in Bettendorf. He enjoyed having lunch with his friends for many years at the Village Inn, along with reading, golfing, watching his favorite shows, especially CNN, and a good nap.  He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  He never knew a stranger and was always nice to everyone.  His favorite destination was Panama City, Fla., where he had lots of good friends as well.  He had a passion for animals, too.

Survivors include his wife, Misuk; daughters, Sharon Virgo and Donna Bentley; son, Barry Bentley; grandchildren,  Jakob Moe, Elias Moe and Jude Moe. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles Bentley.