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Gene Rene Bentley

December 3, 1934 May 2, 2019
Gene Rene Bentley
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Obituary for Gene Rene Bentley

Gene Rene Bentley passed away on May 2, 2019 in McMinnville, due to cancer, he was 84 years old. Gene was born on December 3, 1934 to Floyd Amel and Margaret Audrey (Long) Bentley in Carroll Iowa.
A few years later, he and his mother and father moved to Milwaukie, Oregon where he attended school at Milwaukie Elementary, Milwaukie Junior High, and Milwaukie High School. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree from Portland State University and taught Music for the Beaverton and the Portland Public School Districts. During Gene’s teaching career, he taught special needs children music.
Gene was also an accomplished musician and had his band The Gene Rene Orchestra, which played big band music at various venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. Gene served in the Oregon Army National Guard 234th Army Band from 1953 to 1961 and was honorably discharged.
Gene met Gayle Ione Boyd during high school and were later married on August 10, 1957 in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Gene is survived by his wife, Gayle of McMinnville, and two sons, Glen of Newberg and Garth of Happy Valley, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild.


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