Lt. Col. Charles S. Bentley, decorated Marine

September 6, 2013

Lt. Col. Charles Scott Bentley, USMC (Ret.), 73, of Bethany Beach, formerly of Burke, Va., passed away surrounded by his loving family Monday, Sept. 2, at his home.

Scott was born in Richmond, Va. Feb. 8, 1940, son of the late Charles Emil and Ottowa Anne (Hundley) Bentley. He served in the United States Marine Corps (1962-84) completing three tours of duty in Vietnam. Following his retirement from the USMC, Scott was employed as a consultant and later worked for NASA.

The things most dear to Scott were his family, Corps and an active lifestyle. He was a devoted husband for 46 years, and was always his children’s greatest fan in all their life’s endeavors. Scott was adored by his grandchildren, and could often be found writing stories or poems about their antics. He was a highly decorated Marine and received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and three bronze service stars, a Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with gold and silver service stars, the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal which demonstrate his commitment to the Corps and its mission.

Scott loved to run and race walk, competed in numerous marathons, was a past member and president of the Potomac Valley Seniors Track Club and had volunteered with the Visiting Angels in Virginia. Despite Scott’s progressive Parkinson’s disease he enjoyed being with his family, walking, and remained as active as possible throughout his final days.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Nancy (Johnson) Bentley; three children, Kelly Marie Bentley (Jay) Brunjes of Farmington, Maine, Christopher Scott Bentley of Charlotte, N.C. and Catherine Bentley (William) Ramsey of Madison, Miss.; four grandchildren, Alyssa Bentley White, Kayla Bentley White, Liam Scott Ramsey and Ellen Linnea Ramsey. He will also be missed by his dedicated caregivers Kim Bernard, Angie Ward, and Melissa Coffin, as well as friends from Gull House in Rehoboth Beach and Cadbury Assisted Living in Lewes.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10,  at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, where friends and family may call after 10 a.m. at the church. Interment with full military honors will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, Md.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Scott’s name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Tribute giving donations can be made online at or mailed to Michael J. Fox Foundation, Grand Central Station PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.