Edward Bentz

Date of Death: Dec 25, 2021
Edward Bentz

1934 - 2021

Edward “Dick” Bentz, 87, of Waupun, passed away Saturday, December 25, 2021 at Waupun Memorial Hospital.

Dick was born March 15, 1934 in the town of Summit in Juneau County the son of Edward and Lela Brandt Bentz. Dick was raised on the family farm in Wonewoc, WI. In 1949 the family moved to Waupun. On May 30, 1959 Dick married Elaine Hammer in Beaver Dam. Following their marriage the couple resided in Waupun where they lived all their married lives. Dick and Elaine owned Bentz Shell Service in Waupun for many years and passed the business to their son, Rick Bentz and his wife, Sue. Dick and Elaine enjoyed traveling together to various areas of the United States. Dick was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun. He was a veteran of the US Army and served four years, with most of his time spent with the Army Honor Guard.

Dick is survived by his daughter, Ann (Rick) Rank of Randolph; his son, Rick (Sue) Bentz of Waupun; four grandchildren: Jenna (Levi) Frens of Waupun, Jarek Bentz of Waupun, Nelson Rank and Kolin Rank, both of Randolph; a great-grandson, Linden Frens; and a brother, Tony (Karen) Bentz of Beaver Dam.

Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine, on June 4, 2021; his parents, Edward and Lela Bentz; and brothers: Lee Bentz, Bill Bentz, Lester Bentz, and Russell Landsinger.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Please follow COVID-19 protocols.


Funeral services for Dick Bentz will be held Friday, December 31, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Fr. John Radetski officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun where American Legion Post 210 of Waupun will perform military honors.

Memorial Contributions

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Disabled American Veterans.



  1. Jeff Blaser Says: December 28, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Dick has a permanent place in my heart. Do easy to get to know. Won’t forget the laugh, or his wife

  2. Gert Roets Says: December 28, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    My sincere sympathy to all the Bentz family. Dick was a friendly fine gentleman who always took time to chat. He is at peace with Elaine

  3. Michele Nummerdor Says: December 28, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Dick was an amazing man. I will always remember him. My sincere sympathy goes out to the whole Bentz families. He will be missed by many. I’ll miss his smiling face.

  4. Ron & Sheri Says: December 29, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Dick was both, a down the street neighbor and client of Ron’s Barbershop for many years. We always had a good laugh. He will be deeply missed.

  5. George Baumann Says: December 30, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    A wonderful man has joined his eternal home. Dick was the kind of person who will be missed by so many. Morning coffee won’t be the same without his smile and kind thoughts

  6. Wally Riel Says: December 31, 2021 at 9:03 am

    I have many fond memories of our chats while fueling my vehicles. Although only ten years my elder, Dick always addressed me as “young man” or “mister”.
    Truly a fine gentleman…
    Now celebrating his eternal life with his Lord and Elaine!

  7. Julie Schlagel Says: December 31, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Our sympathies to the Bentz family in the loss of their dad. Dick was one of the nicest guys. Always willing to help out anyone.

  8. Steve Susan Aronson Says: December 31, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    With our sympathy for the family. Love & peace.

  9. Natalie Vande Zande Says: December 31, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Rick Ann and family. Just found out tonight about your dad passing away. He was such a neat guy always with a smile on his face. You now join a club nobody wants to be a part of- losing both parents. Hang onto the memories of your dad it will help you get through this sad time. My thoughts are with you at this time

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