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Baffrey Leon Bentley

1932 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Baffrey Leon Bentley Obituary
BAFFREY LEON BENTLEY, known by many as "Pete," died June 8, 2015 at home in San Jacinto, CA, following a lengthy struggle with cancer. Baffrey was born on April 2, 1932 in Chattanooga, OK to parents Alonzo Riley and Nancy LaNora (Jacquess) Bentley. Following his parents' divorce, he moved with his sister, Nancy Lorene, and mother to Ontario, CA in 1943. Baffrey returned to Oklahoma in 1951 and joined the U.S. Army. While in basic training at Fort Sill, OK, he started dating Melba Jean Banes. The two were married on June 13, 1951 in Hollister, OK, one month prior to his being stationed to Baumholder, Germany. Discharged in 1953, Baffrey and Jean moved to Ontario, CA where he worked in the roofing industry for a number of companies throughout the region. He earned his state contractor's license and eventually started his own business, Bentley Roofing Company of Ontario. He and Jean retired to Avondale, AZ in 1995, and moved to San Jacinto, CA in 2001. Baffrey is survived by Jean, his wife of 64 years; his son and daughter-in-law Baffrey Lynn and Brenda Bentley of Beaumont, CA; daughter Donna Gale Bentley of Cherry Valley, CA; son Charles Riley Bentley of Ontario, CA; five grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother Molly (Sanders) Bentley; brothers Robert Winford and Alonzo Riley Bentley; and his sister Nancy Lorene Johnson. A memorial remembrance will take place at Bible Baptist Church International (448 N. Virginia Ave., Ontario) on Sunday, June 21 at 2:30 p.m. Baffrey will be interred at Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, June 22 with a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend either or both services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Salvation Army. Arlington Mortuary, Directors (800) 275-4648 www.arlingtonmortuary.com

Published in Press-Enterprise on June 18, 2015
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