Karl Bentley Hill Jr.
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Karl Bentley Hill, Jr. was born February 11, 1941 in Shanghai, China to Karl B. Hill, Sr. and Marie Hulser Hill. Bentley's father was the President of Occidental Life Insurance in the Far East. When the Japanese invaded China, the infant Bentley and his family moved back to Newport Beach, California. They returned to Shanghai, but left again when the Red Chinese came to power in China. The family moved to the Philippines, where Bentley was raised until age 9. Bentley moved to LaJolla, California where he began playing tennis at the LaJolla Beach and Tennis Club. Bentley was nationally ranked as a tennis player and as an adult became the Armed Forces Champion. He continued to play tennis for the United States Army around the world. Mr. Hill graduated from the University of Arizona where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta and received a Masters Degree from Command General Staff College. In 1967 Lt. Colonel Hill was instrumental in forming the 192nd Assault Helicopter Company in Ft. Riley, KS. After training his company he moved with them to Vietnam. In 1972, on his second tour in Vietnam, Bentley was a Platoon Leader of the famed "Pink Panthers", where he piloted the Cobra gunship. A few months later, Colonel Hill was chosen Commander of the top secret Air Tow Rocket Detachment, the most sophisticated missile the U. S. Army had at that time. Bentley later served in NATO headquarters in Europe and as Aide de Camp to General Flanagan. He retired from the Army and moved to Colorado Springs in 1982 where he became a commercial real estate broker. He spent wonderful days playing tennis and golf at the Country Club of Colorado and in tournaments around the western U. S. The last years have been full of travel with his wife, Ellen, to Asia, South America, Antarctica and Alaska. Bentley is survived by the wife he so dearly loved, Ellen Casey Hill. He is also survived by a son, Karl Bentley Hill III (Heidi), grandchildren, Karl Bentley Hill IV and Honah Leigh Hill, and his much loved step-daughter, Elizabeth Tippett Casey. Contributions can be made to CASA of Colorado Springs or to the charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 17th at 1:00 p.m. at Broadmoor Community Church.

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Published in The Gazette from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2008.
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December 5, 2008
I am sorry to hear of karls passing. I flew with him in vietnam. He will always live on in my mind as a true gentleman and a great flyer.
ssg. john inferrere ret.
December 2, 2008
Dear Ellen,

You are in the thoughts and prayers of all your Laurel classmates. Your email to us is a testament to your strength, and an acknowledgment of the love you found with Bentley. Take care dear friend.
Leslie Forbes
November 30, 2008
Dear Ellen,
We were deeply saddened to hear of Bentley's passing. We were out of town and unable to attend his services. He was a fine fellow Army Officer and a real gentleman. We will miss Bentley and his good humor.

Nancy and I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Nancy and Tom Dooley
Tom and Nancy Dooley
November 24, 2008
I was lucky to know Karl in the 192d AHC in Kansas and the RVN. May your skies be clear and you nights bright.

Cpt. Leonard Tajer
192 AHC
Leonard Tajer
November 24, 2008
Maj. Myrtis Roach Jr. Plt. Ldr. 192nd AHC
Myrtis Roach Jr.
November 21, 2008
What an amazing man. I'm glad we got to meet him. I hope we will see you again soon. Sending much love and strength,
Victoria Perrin
November 21, 2008
Dearest Cousin, I am so glad to learn a bit more about your darling Bentley. I know you will honor his memory with your strength and courage.

Judi Perrin
November 19, 2008
Welcome home Karl....Rest in Peace
Rob Webb
November 18, 2008
Ellen -

I'm so sorry for your loss. Bentley will definitely be missed by all. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Dana Smith
November 18, 2008
Dear Ellen,
I am so very sad to hear about Bentley's death. I know how much you loved him. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you the courage to see you through these mournful days.
Peggy Robinson
November 17, 2008
Dear Ellen,

Bentley was a classmate. We never dated or anything like that, but he was one of the good guys of our class.

My condolences. I am so sorry for your loss.

Marian Abbott Purdie
Marian Purdie
November 17, 2008
We were so sorry to hear of Bentley's passing. As you share your stories and memories of how he lived his life and how very much he meant, may you find comfort.
Barry and Linda Lammersen
November 17, 2008
Ellen, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my husband in January - it does get a little easier with time.

I haven't talked to you in years, but have fond memories of you and my children.

My thoughts and prayers are with and your family.

Lovingly, Diana Riedell Ladd
Diana Ladd
November 17, 2008
Bentley was such an accomplished man. When he would talk of you Ellen you could feel the love he had for you. I am so happy he was able to spend his last years with the love of his life!
My thoughts and prayers are with you Ellen~
Cherie Santi
November 16, 2008
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Jack & Linda Tieman
November 16, 2008
Dear Ellen,

Dick and I are so very sorry for your loss. From our vantage point in St. Louis, life looked so beautiful for you, and we were so happy that you and Bentley found each other. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Liz
Dick and Liz Zempel
November 15, 2008
Our love to Ellen, Elizabeth, and all the family. Mary Alcorn and sons.
Mary Alcorn
November 15, 2008
Bentley, our memories of the days at Fort Carson are very special because you were such a great part of them. We will miss you, friend.
Carol Evans
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