Robert Bentley

Date of Death: Aug 17, 2020
Robert Bentley

1935 - 2020

Robert M. Bentley, 85, of Waupun, passed away Monday, August 17, 2020 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac.

Bob was born July 10, 1935 in the town of Lomira in Dodge County, the son of Earl and Grace Cantzler Bentley. Bob was a graduate of Fond du Lac Sr. High School. On April 28, 1956 he married his high school sweetheart, Lois Gainacopulos at Evangelical United Brethren Church in Fond du Lac. Following their marriage the couple resided in Waupun most of their married lives where they raised their four children, Cynthia, Randall, Melissa and Melinda. They spent many winters at their residence at The Villages, FL. Bob was employed at Wisconsin Power and Light (Alliant Energy) for 41 years. He served as a volunteer fireman for the City of Waupun for nearly 30 years. He was a member of WP&L Pioneer Club, and a lifelong member of Rock River Country Club. In his youth Bob enjoyed playing baseball, football, and most of all hockey. Following high school Bob played goalie for 15 years with the Fond du Lac Bears. He was one of the founding directors of the Waupun Hockey Association and also instrumental in establishing a United States Figure Skating program and also promoted the construction of Waupun’s indoor ice rink. Bob enjoyed many hours of coaching and watching his children in skating and other sports. He received a Meritorious Service Award from the City of Waupun and the Waupun Area Chamber of Commerce and the Distinguished Service Award from Jaycees. In 1978 he received the Father of the Year distinction from the Waupun Area Chamber of Commerce. In 1979 he was inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in Eagle River, WI. Bob was an avid golfer and enjoyed woodworking, hunting, the outdoors, and helping others. Throughout his life he has enjoyed camping, travels to Gulf Shores and he and Lois’ residence in The Villages, FL with his family. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bob was a member of Waupun United Methodist Church.

Bob is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lois; three children: Cynthia (Bill) Vanderkin of Leesburg, FL,
Randall (Kris) Bentley of Waupun, and Melissa (Chuck) Vande Zande of Waupun; son-in-law, Troy Schwenn; five grandchildren: Amanda (Abe) Lemmenes, Wade (Kayleigh) Bentley, and Haley, Hannah, and Allison Schwenn; three great-grandchildren: Grahm, Kash, and Elzy Lemmenes; brother-in-law, Dr. Kay Gainacopulos of The Villages, FL; niece and nephew, Mika and Nikos Gainacopulos.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Melinda Schwenn; and sister-in-law, Irena Gainacopulos.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Saturday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Please follow the current COVID-19 protocol with masks and social distancing.


Memorial services for Robert M. Bentley will be held Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 12 noon at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Rev. Steve Miller officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

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  1. Janet Vermeer Says: August 18, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Oh Lois, you have my deepest sympathy as life will be so different now, but Im glad you and Bob were blessed with so many good years. My prayers are with you

  2. Bill Ganz Says: August 19, 2020 at 6:02 am

    My deepest sympathies to Lois & family, Bob was always a friend to me & many others

  3. Patricia Terbeest Says: August 19, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Oh dear Lois, so sorry. Deepest sympathy, much love and many prayers.

  4. Shirley Pluim Says: August 19, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Lois, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  5. Marilyn Vander Sanden Says: August 19, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Lois and family….My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

  6. Donna Kahl Says: August 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Lois and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Donna Kahl

  7. John and Mary Kotek Says: August 19, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    We were sorry to read about Bob’s passing, Lois. We are thinking of you during this very difficult time, and sending you hugs and prayers.

  8. Karel Menke Buck Says: August 20, 2020 at 6:58 am

    Dear Lois – so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Remember you both from our high school days. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  9. Kathleen Gindt Says: August 20, 2020 at 8:07 am

    My deepest sympathy, Lois. Rod and I so enjoyed the times we spent with you and Bob.

  10. Jack and Lani Nummerdor Says: August 20, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to your whole family. Bob has left an imprint on our hearts that will leave us with such happy memories for a very long time. Our prayers will continue for God’s peace to blanket you in the time to come.

  11. Judy Fowler Says: August 20, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Jeannine Thompson and her family would like to extend our deepest condolences to Lois and family for Bob’s passing. You were great friends to our parents,Gus and Jeannine, for many years. Take good care.

  12. Judy Fowler Says: August 21, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Jeannine Thompson and family would like to extend their deepest sympathy to Lois and family. Lois and Bob were great friends of our parents, Jeannine and Gus, for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  13. Keith & Carla Wojahn Says: August 25, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Our deepest sympathy to Lois and the entire Bentley family. We always enjoyed chatting with Bob, be it at church or at the golf course.

  14. Bill and Sue Wojahn Says: August 25, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Our heartfelt sympathy to Lois and your family. Bob will be greatly missed by the Wojahn family. I know how much my parents thought of Bob and Lois. Our prayers go out to your family.

  15. Dewey and Ginger Lemmenes Says: August 27, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Lois and family, you have our deepest sympathy. Bob was a quiet, hard working, dedicated, hockey loving example for so many kids, and their parents, in our community. He will always be remembered with respect for the way he lived all aspects of his life. Bob will be greatly missed. May God be with you through this difficult time.

  16. Kraig Byron Says: August 29, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Lois & Family,

    I was so sorry to hear the news of Bob’s passing. He was a great man and mentor to so many young hockey players. You have my deepest sympathies.

  17. Bret DeGayner Says: August 29, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    We just heard. Mom, dad and I are very sorry for your loss.

    Mom has always valued your friendship over the years. You guys were the first to welcome them to the neighborhood and she’ll never forget that. You made them feel welcome.

    Bob was a great guy and he literally touched thousands of lives through his sporting endeavors. He was a great role model and his legacy will live on.

    Love, from your old neighbors. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do for you.

  18. Marie & Gary & Bret Says: August 29, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Lois, just heard of Bob’s passing. So sorry. He was a good man a d a friend to many. We are so happy we knew him S a good friend. He will never be forgotten. Sending love and condolences to you and beautiful family.

  19. Gretchen Sue Jilek Says: August 9, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Dearest Lois, just came across Bob’s obituary. I am so sorry for your loss. I have thought about so many of you, (mom and dad’s friends) over these past years. With moving my mom to Tomah 10 years ago I have lost touch of so many. My heart goes out to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you Lois. Miss you..

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