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Terry E. Bentley

December 20, 1949 - January 11, 2008

Viewing will be held 4:00-7:00 pm Monday, January 14th, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Tuesday, January 15th, at Community Chapel in Sweet Home.

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Terry E. Bentley, age 58, of Sweet Home passed away Friday. He was born in Sweet Home at Langmack Hospital. He graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1967 and lived in Sweet Home his entire life.

Terry and Gina were married May 15, 1993. Terry started working at Foster Plywood, then went to Titus Trucking for a short time as a mechanic. He also worked as a mechanic at Sid Walter’s Repair. Then went to May’s Arco in Sweet Home. He moved on to work for school District #55 as the Transportation Superintendent from 1980 to 1992. He also ran his own business, Bentley’s Automotive, for the past 30 years.

Terry started drag Racing in 1966. Then in 1972 switched to Late Model Dirt Track Racing, which he did through out the Northwest for over 35 years. Racing was his passion. Then he retired back to Drag Racing part time because he couldn’t get racing completely out of his system.

The things that Terry and Gina enjoyed most in the last few years was spending time with their family camping at the coast and gambling at casinos.

Terry is survived by his wife, Gina Bentley, of Sweet Home; son, Anthony Bentley, of Lebanon; stepson, Jason Tenbusch, of Albany; stepdaughter, Jenna Parker, of Albany; five grandchildren: Blake, Madison, Richelle, Ryleigh and Rebecca; stepfather, Hal Hennick, of Sweet Home; brothers and sisters: Donald Bentley of LasVegas, Patty Bentley of Lebanon, Carol Bagley of Lebanon, Vicky Johnson of Bend and Dean Bentley of Albany; four step brothers and step sisters: Diane Donald of Port Orchard, Washington, Kevin Hennick of Bothell, Washington, Ron Hennick of Sweet Home, and Debi Christensen of Bothell, Washington.

Terry was preceded in death by his mother, Laura Isabelle Hennick.

Viewing will be held 4:00-7:00 pm Monday, January 14th, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Tuesday, January 15th, at Community Chapel in Sweet Home. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.