Timothy Robert Bentz, USAF and PAANG vet, Fort Indiantown Gap flight simulator scheduler

By on May 30, 2018

MSG Timothy Robert Bentz (PAARNG ret.) passed away on May 16, 2018 in the Lebanon VA Hospice Unit after a debilitating battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was the husband of Sally (Green) Bentz, Manheim. Born in Lebanon on Sept. 22, 1951, he was the son of Robert Arthur Bentz and Genevieve (Baylor) Bentz.

A 1969 graduate of Lebanon High School, Bentz entered the U.S. Air Force in 1970, serving as a Korean linguist. In the 1980s and 1990s, Bentz held active duty status in the PA Army National Guard, serving in recruiting and retention, the Office of the Inspector General, the 104th Aviation, and the Eastern Army Aviation Training Site (EAATS), before retiring in 2001.

He later worked at the Lebanon VA before returning to Fort Indiantown Gap as a flight simulator scheduler, retiring in 2015. Bentz earned a BA from Lebanon Valley College in 1992. He was an avid history buff, Civil War reenactor, target shooter, and home brewer. He was a member of Conner-Streicher American Legion Post #559.

He is survived by his wife; his father, Manheim; sister: Karen, wife of Lonnie Ashbrook, Fla.; sister: Gayle Bentz, Harrisburg; children: Adam Bentz, husband of Maureen, Annville; Bruce Markey, Lancaster; and Kate Markey, Camp Hill; grandchildren: Eleanor Bentz and Owen Derr; and grandnieces: Danica and Madelynn Moyer, Harrisburg.

He was preceded in death by his mother; and niece: Kelly (Thierwechter) Moyer.

He will be interred at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery on June 7 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the service.

Memorial donations in his honor may be sent to Lebanon VA Hospice.

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