Michael Bentz

Died: Thu., May 14, 2015


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Thu., May 21, 2015
Location: Holy Family Catholic Church


Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Fri., May 22, 2015
Location: Holy Family Catholic Church


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Mike Bentz, 51 died on Thursday, May 14, 2015 due to a plane crash near Juntura, Oregon.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns.  A luncheon will follow immediately after Mass at the Harney County Fair Grounds.  A Private family interment will be held in Juntura, Oregon. Donations in Mike's memory can be made to the Young Ranchers Land & Livestock Fund or Re-elect Greg Walden mailed to LaFollette's Chapel, PO Box 488; Burns, Oregon 97720.

Mike Bentz was born January 18, 1964 to Ken and Anne Bentz of Drewsey, Oregon.  He was the youngest of the family, joining 5 brothers and one sister.  Raised on the family ranch he spent his young years outside working with cattle, trapping, fishing, hunting and a horse was always included.  Mike was horseback from when he was small child and both cattle and horses would define his working life. He became a respected cattleman and accomplished horseman and was able to use both to make a living and as a tool to help raise his children and many others.

Mike went to Pine Creek School for elementary, a one room school with never more than 10 kids.  He could check his coyote traps at recess and ride his colts when he got home.  He then went to high school in Burns, living with his grandmother during the week, back home on the weekends.  He played football and spent a lot of time with a young lady named Linda Clemens.  Summers were spent learning the business of ranching, at cow camp with the cattle or in the hay field.  Mike attended TVCC, Hartnell College in Salinas and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, occasionally going to class but the focus was on rodeo.  In college, he rode saddle broncs and participated in many amateur and professional rodeos.  When he figured he had broken enough bones it was back to begin his ranching career.  

Mike married Linda in 1989 and they began their lives together on the Venator ranch SE of Crane, which along with the Wright ranch near Princeton were spilt from the family ranches to help get the young couple started.  They spent 11 years at Venator raising their five children and producing good cattle and fine horses.  In 1997, Mike had the opportunity to purchase part of the Williams ranch in Juntura.  In the next few years he was able to put the rest of the ranch together to become one of the largest family ranches in the state.  He, along with his brother Jim, were the driving force behind the Ranchers Horse sale held each June. Last year marked the 20th Anniversary of the Horse Sale.  Also, he and his wife Linda have hosted an annual    bred heifer sale held on the ranch ever November.  

Mike was aggressively professional at everything he did.  He lived life without fear, attacking and overcoming every obstacle with hard work, tenacity, brain power and strong will.  He was seemingly gruff at times but in reality was kind, gentle and thoughtful.  He was a Christian, a husband, father, horseman, skilled pilot, and accomplished cattleman. He was a spectacular roper, able to make it look effortless. He was a leader that everyone was drawn to, and even those whose feathers he ruffled respected him.  Mike was a fine hand with young horses, working with hundreds colts and nearly as many young people in the process.

He spent the last 15 years on various boards such as the Juntura Rangeland Fire Association, the Juntura School Board and Road District, and the Malheur Soil and Water Conservation District. His greatest concern was preserving our ranching tradition, truly improving sage grouse habitat and lobbying to keep the sage grouse from being listed. Mike was a true steward of land, livestock, people and his industry and community. He never passed up the opportunity to take on a project that would help make any of those better.

Mike was preceded in death by his Grandparents Stewart’s and Bentz’s as well has his Mother Anne Stewart Bentz.
He is survived by his wife and best friend Linda, children; Ethan, Garrett, Erika, Britton, Joe, and soon to be daughter-in-law Alex and grandson Colton. His father Ken Bentz, and siblings, Kathy (Jim) Neal, Cliff (Lindsay) Bentz, Jim (Alicia) Bentz, Andy (Joan) Bentz, Kenny (Debbie) Bentz, and John Bentz.

Mike lived his life the way he wanted to and he would often say that he was “living the dream”, how true and special that is. His big smile and big laugh will be greatly missed by all of us that love him.

A memorial has been set up called the Young Ranchers Land and Livestock Fund to continue Mike’s passion for helping young people get started in the ranching industry. We ask that all financial gifts go to either the memorial fund or to Greg Walden, who is the biggest supporter of agriculture in Washington D.C. You can make your check out to either:  Young Ranchers Land and Livestock Fund or Greg Walden for Congress.  Mail to: LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488; Burns,Oregon 97720.

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Kenny and Barbara Arnokd
   Posted Fri May 15, 2015
Dear Linda Ethan Garrett Erica Britt and Joe,
Our hearts are heavy with shock and sadness.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
We will all miss him.
Hugs and please take care
Love you all
Kenny and Barbara

Cyndy Coleman Marshall
   Posted Fri May 15, 2015
Dearest Bentz Family,
Sending you blessings and prayers for strength to get through this terrible nightmare you have been thrust into... I'm so so sorry and wish there were something I could do to ease your burden. Mike was such a good man and father and son... while I know there were many loved ones already on the other side there to greet him, I can just hear the banter that must have taken place between he and Mike Schnitker met up :-)
Be blessed and let the community love you,
Much love to you, cyndy coleman marshall

Janet Alberty
   Posted Fri May 15, 2015
To the Bentz family:

My deepest heartfelt sympathies to you in the loss of such a dear family member. It's hard to know exactly what to say at a time like this, but my heart goes out to you all.

Janet

Don and Cindy Sitz
   Posted Sat May 16, 2015
Dear Linda and family,
Faith is our comfort as we grieve.
May your faith in Christ's promises bring you
peace at this very time in your life.

I have told you these things, so that in me you
may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Love Don and Cindy

Paula Teague Cook
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
Linda and Family,
I am so sorry for the loss of Mike. You are in my heart and prayers.

Ben and Lois Borelli
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
Linda and families,
It is with sadness to hear about the early passing of your husband, father, brother and friend. Our hearts go out to you during this very hard time and we hope that the many beautiful memories of Mike will help you during this very hard time. He will be missed.

Jerri Schroder Hagon
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
My most sincere condolences for your loss. The world will surely be less bright without Mike's light.

Linda & Mitch Baker
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
Sending our deepest sympathy for your loss of a wonderful man. May God bless you with peace and comfort.

Joseph & Stacey Moser
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
Dear Linda and the Bentz family,

We send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this time of loss. We pray that you may feel peace and strength in the memories and love that envelope you and your family during this difficult time.

Our Deepest Sympathy,

Joseph & Stacey Moser
Bill & Ruth Moser

Norman and Dee Ann Miller
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
Linda and the extended Bentz families. Words can't express the deep heartfelt sympathy that goes to the Bentz family. Praying for peace to you all.

Bill and Patsy Wilber
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
Linda and family: Beautiful memories are the gifts of God's grace; may your memories of Mike strengthen your spirit and give you peace. With sympathy and prayers....The God of peace shall be with you.....Philippians 4:9.

Theresa Tabor
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
Linda and family ~~ There are no words to express how sorry I am to hear about Mike. He was of one of the most genuine and kind men I knew. I will always remember his laugh, his goofy nature, his wonderful personality and his ability to make anyone feel as if they had been his friend forever. He knew no strangers, he was an amazing man... My love, prayers and hugs go out to you.

God Bless,
Theresa

Kristina Baker
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Kristina Baker.

Your in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Monk and Kristina Baker and girls


Monk and Kristin Baker
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
Dear Linda, kids, and extended family,
Words cannot express how sorry we are for the loss of your husband/father. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God guide and comfort you through this difficult time. If you need anything, please don't hesitate to ask.
Love,
Monk, Kristina, Kirstin, Gracie, Tresa, Madison, and Alisa Baker

Sharon Corson-Small
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
Linda and family,

I am so very sorry for your sudden and tragic loss. My heart aches for you. I never thought that I would ever have anything in common with you Linda, but in this I do. I too lost my husband this last year. My John passed away in December from cancer. I understand where you are and how your heart feels. If you need someone to chat with who "has been in your shoes", just feel free to contact me. Love and hugs to you and your children. Sharon

Junior and LaDene Hurd
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. We have many memories over the years. Cherish each other and you will feel the love in your family. Again, our prayers are with you.

Katariina Sutphin
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
Linda and Family,

My deepest condolences!

Kat Sutphin

Elizabeth "Betty" Lipke & family
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
Linda, Father Jack and family, my love and prayers for you all. May you find comfort in your love of each other during this time. He was the best of men and will not be forgotten.

Tonia Williams-Wood
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
Dear Linda and family it is with a very heavy heart I send you my sencere condolences. I will alway remember Mike because of his contagious smile, playful attitude and loving heart. We have lost a remarkable man. My heart goes out to you all during this very difficult time.

Claudio & Maria Iturriaga
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015
Linda & family,
Our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mike was a good man and will be missed by his family and many friends, but he's with our Lord in heaven as an Angel watching over all his family and friends.

Claudio & Maria Iturriaga

Robert Lovelady
   Posted Sun May 17, 2015

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Curly .

You will be deeply missed our friend.


Kevin Arrien
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
Linda and family,
My heart is heavy with your loss.
My deepest sympathy.
Kevin Arrien

Kevin Arrien
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
Linda and family,
My heart is heavy with your loss.
My deepest sympathy.
Kevin Arrien

Donna Clark
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
To all the Bentz and Clemens families, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that each and everyone of you are in my prayers. May God's healing touch help each one of you through this time. God bless all of you.

Abby Hinton
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
My deepest condolences and prayers for you and and your family in this time of tragedy. The world will truly be a little less bright with out Mike around. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Hust
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
Dear Bentz family,

Our deepest sympathy goes out to your family at such a challenging time. Certainly words are not enough but we wanted you to know our thoughts and prayers were with you.

Steve and Debbie Hust


JoAnne Richardson
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
Dear Bentz family,

What shocking news. So sorry for your family. Our prayers are with you. Stay strong. God always has a plan.

Love,
JoAnne Richardson (slaton)

Paul and Vicki Taylor
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
So Very Sorry for your loss. Our Prayers and thoughts are with you, Linda and your Family.
God be with you in this time of Grief and Sorrow.

Carol Tabor Tschida
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
Prayers for peace to all of Mike's family, friends and neighbors. May the Lord hold your hand and guide you through this sorrow.

Jim Mabe and Family
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
Our prayers are with your family.

Paul Henson
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
Dear Bentz family,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences for this tragic loss. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with Mike and get to know him. I can say on behalf of the entire U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff in Oregon that we will really miss him. Mike's honesty, sense of humor, and dedication to his community was an inspiration to all of us here at USFWS.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you.


paul henson
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015

THE COLOR OF MEMORIES TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Paul Henson.

With deepest condolences from your friends at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon.


Lauri Robertson, Riley & Baylee Joyce
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
Dear Linda, & Family,

May your memories of Mike and the love of family surround you and give you strength ~ our thoughts & Prayers are with you all, His outgoing fun spirit will be remembered forever!

God Bless,
Lauri Robertson
Riley & Baylee Joyce

Wayne & Edie Corns
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
Bentz & Clemens family, our hearts weigh heavy and sadden by your sudden loss. Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved ones today and always.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Wayne & Edie Corns

Joe & Maria Lopez
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
Bentz Family,

Very sorry for your loss, no words can describe the sadness felt by all those whose lives he touched. Mike was a good leader and very giving. May he rest in peace. He will be greatly missed.

Barbi O'Kief Vahsholtz
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
Look for me in Rainbows

Time for me to go now, I won't say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, way up in the sky.
In the morning sunrise when all the world is new,
Just look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.

Time for me to leave you, I won't say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, high up in the sky.
In the evening sunset, when all the world is through,
Just look for me and love me, and I'll be close to you.

It won't be forever, the day will come and then
My loving arms will hold you, when we meet again.

Time for us to part now, we won't say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, shining in the sky.
Every waking moment, and all your whole life through
Just look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.

Just wish me to be near you,
And I'll be there with you.

Music and lyrics: Conn Bernard (1990). Vicki Brown

I am deeply saddened with the news of Mike's tragic death. He was one of the finest men I ever knew. I am praying that God holds your family tight within his grasp during this time of mourning and that you all find his rainbow.

Dave Hulick
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
For Linda and family

The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning that God
Was going to call your name
In life we loved you dearly
In death we do the same
It broke our hearts to lose you
You did not go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home
You left us peaceful memories
Your love is still our guide
And though we can not see you
You are always at our side
Our family chain is broken, And nothing seems the same
But as God calls us one by one
THE CHAIN will link again

God Bless you all, Dave and Ramona Hulick

The Jerry O'Sullivan Family
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
Please know that you are all in our continued thoughts and prayers.
Jerry, Lezlie, Ross, & Raime

Jeff Vanderdasson
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
Linda & Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Mike. He was an awesome man. Although it has been many years since I had talked to him I can still hear his laugh and remember his goofy good natured humor. My best story of Mike is when we played football together. I hit him in practice and dislocated his shoulder. I felt horrible about it. He laughed a few days later and told me not to worry about it, it didn't hurt and that he was just fine. That is what I remember most about him, tougher than nails and always able to crack us up. Rest in Peace Mike, you will be missed by many people.

Malheur County Soil & Water Conservation District
   Posted Tue May 19, 2015
Linda & family

Mike will be missed with his sense of wit, his knowledge for direction for the board, the sparkle in his blue eyes that you knew something was up and he was waiting to give his punch line to make us all laugh.

May God fill this huge hole in his passing, and know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayer daily


ken davis, monty&gayle freel, Robert petty
   Posted Tue May 19, 2015
TO LINDA AND FAMILY,
MAY FATHER GOD AND JESUS CHRIST SUPPORT AND UPLIFT ALL OF THE FAMILY.
MIKES LOSS LEFT A SHATTERED FEELING IN ALL OF US.
MAY GOD UPLIFT AND SUPPORT ALL OF YOU IN THIS TRAGIC TIME.

KEN, monty, gayle, and bob


Kelly Weideman
   Posted Tue May 19, 2015

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Kelly Weideman et al..

The thoughts and prayers of the members of the Malheur Watershed Council are with the Bentz family.


Becca Richards Roberts
   Posted Tue May 19, 2015
Dear Linda , I was so sorry to hear about your loss...my heart is heavy knowing the pain you have to endure ...I wish there was something I can say or do to help...miss you and wish I could be there love becca

Jerry and Judy Baker
   Posted Tue May 19, 2015
To Linda and all the Bentz family--We were shocked and so saddened by the news of Mike's death. May the love of your family and friends surround you at this terrible time. He was a good man and you will see him in all the things that are good in life. May the angels take him to paradise

Gene & Nancy Chouinard
   Posted Tue May 19, 2015
Dear Linda and Family,

So sadden by the loss of Mike. He was always kind, good nature, and good to all. We will miss him. Take care.

Gene and Nancy

Nolan, Charmaign and Chad Edwards
   Posted Wed May 20, 2015
Bentz Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Mike. There's no words that make a loss of a loved easier
When ever you miss him look in your heart because you'll always find him there.

Robert Pratt
   Posted Wed May 20, 2015
Dear Linda and family,
Pratt family prayers to you through this great loss. May the Lord guide and console everyone through this time of grieving.
Robert.

Rose Novotny
   Posted Wed May 20, 2015
All the Bentz Family:
Know you are in the prayers of many, may God's Grace keep you in his hands. Rose3

Cathie Howell
   Posted Wed May 20, 2015
Dear Linda and Family:
At this time of loss, please know that I'm thinking of you and your family and holding you all close to my heart.
May God be with you all through this time of sorrow.

Rick and Judy Wilcox
   Posted Wed May 20, 2015
Linda and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We can not say anything that will make it any easier, but you have to know that with time and the help of family and friends time will help to heal the pain. God always has his plan, and he is there to support all of you. We will keep sending prayers to help you stay strong.

Bob and Carlene Yturri
   Posted Wed May 20, 2015
To the entire Bentz family, I have had the tremendous honor to know the family for years. There is not a finer family. All of our love and condolences go out to the family. Mike will be missed by anyone who met him. His family will carry on the Legacy that Mike has left for us.

Jim & Ruthie Miller
   Posted Wed May 20, 2015
We are praying for strength and love to fill and surround each of you now and in the days to come. Our hearts are filled with joy and good memories left by Mike! He has touched so many people and continues to do so forever.
God Bless each of you.
Love, Jim & Ruthie

LeeAnne Leavell Huffman and Family
   Posted Wed May 20, 2015
Dear Linda and Family,

Please know that we wish we could be there and thankful that you have so many friends and family to help you during this most difficult time. Let us know if there is anything that we can do to help you in the coming months. God now is holding Michael in his arms and we hope that can give you some comfort....

Love Rich, LeeAnne, Vance, Jordan and Gisele Huffman

Terry & Debbie Hawkins
   Posted Thu May 21, 2015
Dear Bentz family (ies),
We have always been impressed by your families. Mike always spoke to us, and, we, too, remember his smile. I've always wanted to know him better, for now, that will have to wait. We usually honk as we go by your place in Juntura, wanting to have a connection to you. My God bless you with his peace & comfort, and the knowledge you can be together again.
Terry & Debbie

Joe and Jodee Walczyk
   Posted Thu May 21, 2015
To Linda and Family:
Our condolences to you and the family. We hope you find strength comfort in all the good memories. Mike will be missed greatly. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Joe and Jodee Walczyk

Billy and Dana Mort
   Posted Thu May 21, 2015
Dear Linda Ethan Garrett Erica Britt and Joe and entire Bentz Famil
Heaven will enjoy his big smile and contagious laugh. He will be very missed. He was a true family man and it showsx in the strength of all of you. We are sending prayers . Our deepest condolwences

Billy and Dana Mort

James Mack
   Posted Thu May 21, 2015

SHADES OF ELEGANCE was sent by Joani Cremer and James mack.

With Sympathy and Love, Joani Cremer and James Mack


Jon and Lori Wheeler
   Posted Thu May 21, 2015
Linda and kids,

We send you our prayers and condolences at this difficult time. We feel blessed to have shared some in some stories and laughter with Mike. Some people just seem to fill up a room with their energy and zest for life, Mike seemed to be one of those souls. May God greet him with a joyful embrace.

God bless you all, Jon and Lori Wheeler

Eastle & Pat Brewer
   Posted Thu May 21, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. I always considered the both of you as a good friend, not just a customer.


Rod & Debbie Robertson
   Posted Thu May 21, 2015
Our deepest condolences, words can not express our deep heart felt sorrow for your entire family. Our love and prayers for Gods comfort and strength.

John and Traci Robertson
   Posted Thu May 21, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. You are surrounded by the love of many-We are so sorry for your loss.

Dorman and Cathy Ann Miller
   Posted Thu May 21, 2015
Bentz family- We are praying for peace and comfort for all of you at this time and all those who knew Mike. He was my favorite kid to haul to school, I sometimes would catch him at the cafe in Juntura and would get to visit with him.

Glennie Cargill
   Posted Thu May 21, 2015
Linda and family, we are so sad for your loss, and will pray that you will feel God's love and grace during this very difficult time. Mike was a man with a reputation of being bigger than life, he will be missed here on earth, but I can only imagine heaven is being blessed beyond measure. We will hold you all in our prayers.
Bob & Glennie Cargill

Jay Nelson & family
   Posted Fri May 22, 2015
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and all your family. Mike was an amazing person, he always brought a smile to the people around him. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. God Bless

Gary & Michelle Miller
   Posted Fri May 22, 2015
May the Lord give you strength at this time and always.
As we remember Mike we remember his smile.
Our deepest condolences.
Gary, Michelle, Max, Levi, and Benjamin

Mike, Jodie, Cliff and Gayle Cook
   Posted Fri May 22, 2015
Bentz Family,

Our deepest sympathy go out to you for your loss of Mike. He will be greatly missed.

Mark and Renee (Leavell) Lothrop
   Posted Fri May 22, 2015
Dearest Linda and Family,
Our deepest sympathy goes out to you. You and your children are in our prayers daily. Our thoughts are with you today and always. I am sending my hug to you.
Love, Renee (Leavell) and Mark Lothrop

Rusty Inglis
   Posted Fri May 22, 2015
Linda and family, I am so sorry to here about Mike, he was one of the first persons that I met when I moved here to Harney County 25 years ago and I always thought of him as a friend. I know what it is like to lose a love one and there really are no good words to make it easier, I just pray that over time you will be able to find peace and just remember all the good memories. Rusty

Ed and Fran Renk
   Posted Fri May 22, 2015
To Linda and the kids, Our heartfelt condolences to all of you. The Hope we have in Christ is real, active and all encompassing. Lean on Him for his Mercies are "new every morning" and He is "The God of all comfort." You are all in our prayers.

Wade and Meloney Peasley
   Posted Fri May 22, 2015
Linda and family,

We are so sorry for your sudden and tragic loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Mike was a great man and will never be forgotten.

Julie Sitz Benoit
   Posted Fri May 22, 2015
Dear Linda & family,
So sorry about the tragic loss of Mike.
My thoughts & prayers are with you.
Peace to you during this difficult time.
Julie Sitz Benoit

Pete and Runnels
   Posted Fri May 22, 2015
Linda and kids, our hearts are heavy for your loss. You have been in our thoughts and prayers everyday and will continue to be. May God bless,

Pete and Cheryl Runnels

Mark & Audrey (Trainer) Puscas
   Posted Sun May 24, 2015
Dear Linda & Bentz Family,

Our hearts are grieved by this tremendous loss... Only God in his infinite wisdom knows the "whys" of this... May God be especially near to you all at this time and sustain you during this time of deep sadness and loss, for He Promises to never leave or forsake us. We know that Mike is being tenderly cradled in the Palm of His Hand...

With love, and sharing in this deep loss,
Audrey & Mark

Ronda Purdy
   Posted Sun May 24, 2015
It's FAITH that lifts us up, LOVE that brings us comfort, and STRENGTH that allows us to move on. May you be touched by the healing power of prayer, feel the warmth of those who love you, and realize you have the courage to carry on. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, in deepest sympathy.

Andrea Lopez
   Posted Sun May 24, 2015
Bentz Family My deepest sympathy

Sally Riley Lovins
   Posted Mon May 25, 2015
Dear Bentzs and Linda and Family,

I saw Mikey at a gathering such as this in Drewsey this year. We were outside and our eyes met, we smiled at each other. Mickey's eyes brought me back 51 years as he was shuffling across the floor. I was visiting his Mom that day. I said something to him, he looked up at me and smiled that beautiful smile he had and those big eye looked so dark blue, they just twinkled like stars. This is what I remember about Mickey and what I felt was Ann (his Mother saying to him), opening her arms up and saying "come here baby" after the accident.

We all mis him dearly, but your memories are something that will stay with you forever and know one can take that away from you. God Bless you all, Sally Riley Lovins


Beth J Roth
   Posted Tue May 26, 2015
I knew Mike when he was a little boy. I was so in awe of who he was....a real cowboy! Jim Neal was my godfather, and so I was introduced to the Bentz family through Cathy, Jim's wife. We went to Drewsey as little kids, to go to a "hoe-down". I think it was the most fun party I ever went to in my young 9 year old life. I met Mike there, and we danced as 9 year olds dance. Mike and I exchanged letters for a while - he often wrote about his trappings. So different from my life on a farm. His missing finger was also quite a hit. I always had a place for him in my heart, and I am so sad for your loss. My husband and I lost our 26 year old son to suicide 2 years ago, so we know grief. It is very hard to do right. I pray for you, and know you will find something to keep you going in a positive way, to remember your husband, dad, grandpa....peace...Beth

Jim Voss
   Posted Wed May 27, 2015
I am very sorry for your loss. I was around when Mike was born. My daughter still lives in Burns. Her name is Mary Tyler with 3 grandchildren.
I have heard of many great achievements he Has made. I hope his work will continue,

Ron Rembowski
   Posted Wed May 27, 2015
Linda and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Mike during my BLM years. He was a great man, enjoyable to work with. He'll be missed by many people.
Take care,
Ron Rembowski

Darlene Bailey
   Posted Fri May 29, 2015
Linda, it's been a long time, too long, since we've communicated but some people are never forgotten. I heard the sad news about your husband via one of your former BSU teammates. I know you have your faith from which to draw strength and guide you through challenging times like these but you are also in my thoughts & prayers. Fondest regards, Darlene.

John and Linda Borelli
   Posted Mon June 01, 2015
Linda and Family; We are very often thinking you.

Alice and Bob Coehlo
   Posted Tue June 02, 2015
So sorry to hear about Mike's passing. We remember the good times when we lived at Riverside.

Tom & Monica Weidner
   Posted Thu June 04, 2015
So sorry for your loss. We met Mike years ago when we purchased some wheel lines from him in Juntura. My husband enjoyed visiting with him. God Bless all of his family and may he be with you in your time of grief.

Dennis Strachota
   Posted Tue December 08, 2015
Best wishes, blessings and prayers for a good friend.

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