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Mark Peter Bentley

January 8, 1978February 28, 2021

Mark Peter Bentley, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away on Feb 28, 2021. Mark was born in Missoula, Montana to Peter Schlegelmilch and Joy Bentley on January 8th, 1978. Mark graduated from Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska. He served his country as an Air Force Airman from 1998 to 2002 and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, where he met Cody Bentley, the mother of his two girls. Mark was a proud graduate of UMKC and worked as a Weapon Quality Assurance Engineer for National Nuclear Security Administration.

Mark was a proud son, brother, nephew and a beloved Papa. He loved to make everyone laugh and he had a heart of gold. Mark was a family man and his home was the place that all of the kids and their parents in the neighborhood loved to gather to have fun Many laughs, smiles, and so many memories will forever be etched in all of us. He enjoyed traveling and most of all being involved within his daughters’ sports activities.

Mark is survived by his father Peter Schlegelmilch; mother Joy Bentley; former spouse and best friend Cody Wynne Bentley; daughters Chloe Bentley (17) and Meah Bentley (15); his brother Kai (Suzie) Bentley; sisters Kalee Richards, and Christa (Dalis) Schlegelmilch; uncle Bruce (Nan) Bentley; aunts Toni Winters, and Teresa (David) Lotzgesell; cousins Garrett (Allison) Lotzgesell, Jake (Kylee) Lotzgesell, and Dean Lotzgesell; and the Wynne and Drannon families, and Many Many friends that love him.

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  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, March 6, 2021

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PAUL DIECKMANN

March 8, 2021

I was Mark's Team Lead at KCFO. He was a great guy and friend. We enjoyed making work a fun place to be while getting the job done! Mark was always ready to lend a hand, work or play. I won't forget him, Chloe and Meah helping my family move. They were first to show up and after a long day of loading the truck, Mark drove an hour to take the girls home and then an hour back to help unload late that evening! I had nick names for folks on my team and Mark's was "Gadget Man" (you know why : ) Our team at work is like a family and Mark fit right in. The team has had all kinds of discussions including about the Bible. One day Mark texted me a question about the Bible. Unfortunately, I no longer can remember the details of the question or my response. What I can share, and knowing Mark's care for others he would want me to share, is that God's Word says we are "all" sinners. We know that because even a child doesn't have to be taught how to be selfish or throw a tantrum. By nature we are sinners and that sin separates us from a Holy God. Thankfully, God gave us the gift of His Son who bore God's judgment for our sin's if we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. We can enter God's presence through His Son (John 14:6). Lastly, anyone who knew Mark recognized his deep love for his daughters and he would do anything for them. Mark will be greatly missed. Cody, Chloe, Meah, I will be praying for you (Psalms 119:28,50,76).

Shekita Robinson

March 6, 2021

Cody, Chloe, and Meah,

I’m attaching a photo of Mark’s Kansas City Field Office Family for your memory book. We will forever treasure the joyful moments we’ve shared.

Kirby Webber

March 6, 2021

I worked next to Mark since his first day with NNSA and really enjoyed working with and just being around him. He was smart, funny and a great person to be around in general; a good man and a good engineer.

It was always clear that Mark's number one priority in his life were his girls. Everything he did revolved around them and I always admired him for his overwhelming commitment to fatherhood.

Chloe and Meah; should you read this, I want you to know that your father loved you with no limits or reservations. He spoke of you always and it was clear to anyone who spent any time around him that his greatest pleasure in life was being your "Papa".

Mark will be greatly missed and my thoughts and prayer are with you - as you grieve, know that I grieve with you.

God bless

Jake Lotzgesell

March 6, 2021

My cousin Mark was an incredible human being. I’ll always revisit the memories of us visiting him in Kansas City. He was a creator of great memories, long lasting smiles, and loud laughs. He was a man that anybody could look at and find inspiration. I love you, Mark. I’ll always miss you. I’ll always appreciate you. Rest easy, cousin.

David Lotzgesell

March 6, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with Cody & the girls...Mark was truly a loving, upbeat, supportive father. His legacy is reflected by his beautiful daughters.

Garrett Lotzgesell

March 6, 2021

Mark was my cousin, a good man and a role model for me my entire life. He inspired me to join the Air Force when I was 18. No matter what I was going through, I knew I could count on him for advice and encouragement. Mark was the kind of man and father that I aspire to be, and I wish he was still with us so my son could know him. I know Dean would have loved and respected him as much as I do. Mark, you will be missed. God speed, brother.

Josh Luff

March 5, 2021

I like many others was fortunate to have worked with Mark. When he changed roles after finishing his engineering degree he joined my department. We instantly became good friends, it was always great seeing him. I was always a fan of nicknames, so I referred to Mark as "Marky Mark." I'd always ask how the "Funky Bunch" were, which was how I'd ask how his girls were. He was always telling me the amazing accomplishments that they had or what trouble they were finding themselves in, but with a smile of a loving father. After he left Honeywell to go work for the Field Office, anytime I would see him in the building, we'd stop and chat for 15 minutes minimum. He was one of those friends that you could not speak to for days on end and pick right back up with. He'll be missed greatly by all of us.

Angelique Henry

March 5, 2021

I met Mark at work when he was hired on at the Kansas City Field Office. We hit it off right away. Within days of meeting Mark I began calling him Bentley. I got so use to calling him Bentley that I would introduce him to others as such, completely forgetting he actually went by Mark.

Bentley and I shared so many fun times from goofing at work, hanging out on the weekends, and a couple of trips to Vegas. The one thing that stuck out about Bentley was his devotion to his daughters. He loved his girls, they were truly the center of his life. It seemed like being a father came naturally to him. He was even patient and caring when it came to my children; showing my son how to work the PlayStation and holding my daughters hand while she learned to ride a hoverboard at his house.

In recent conversations we discussed plans for the future and what new career opportunities could bring. My last text to him was “I’m excited for you.” Losing Bentley was not only shocking but absolutely heartbreaking. I will take comfort in the good times we shared knowing that he enjoyed life to the fullest.

Rest well my friend,

Angelique

Cassidy Lowry

March 4, 2021

We met Mark when Chloe and my oldest daughter, Josie, did Girls On The Run together, coached by Cody. My younger daughter, McKinlee, wasn’t old enough to technically participate and neither was Meah, but they were honorary members just the same tagging along their sisters and the big girls. He was always friendly, and kind to me, and the girls. Even though he didn’t know me well, he always spoke to me, and generally made me feel welcome . Such an easy thing that so many people don’t do....and it matters. We are so sorry for this heartbreaking loss and are praying for peace to make its way to your hearts.

Marci Wilkins

March 4, 2021

I met Mark when he and my dearest friend Cody were visiting Hobbs. He seemed like a great dad. I have often enjoyed watching videos of him and Cody being silly with their girls. He was a man who deeply cared for his girls. Love you so much Cody, Chloe, and Meah! Praying for you and for your families! I’m so sorry for your loss.

FROM THE FAMILY