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Donald Bentley

August 16, 1967 — January 21, 2021

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Donald L Bentley age 53 of Broken Bow, NE formerly of Sargent passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021 at the Jennie M Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow, NE.

A private family Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 11:00 am at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow, NE with Don Schauda officiating. The funeral service will be livestreamed at The public is invited to attend Burial at the Mt Hope Cemetery in Sargent, NE. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Ord Fire Protection at 1628 M Street Ord, NE 68862. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 24th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow, NE. Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. An online guest book may be signed for words of encouragement or remembrance at

Donald was born in Broken Bow, NE on Aug. 16, 1967 to Gaylord and Donna (Willhoit) Bentley.  They lived on a farm near Anselmo until he was three years old, then they moved east of Sargent.

Donald attended grade school and high school at Sargent Public Schools.  He graduated in 1986 and went to college that fall at Mid-Plains  Community College in North Platte, NE.  He studied diesel mechanics.

He raised hogs and cattle.  He helped farmers during harvest, driving tractor, and grain cart.  He worked long days but was ready to go bright and early the next day because he loved what he was doing.

Donald loved going for motorcycle rides, working on old tractors, three wheelers, and pickups.  He also enjoyed antique tractor shows, going to craft shows, and also going to garage sales.  He had a great love for E-bay where he could spend many hours searching for and collecting Tonka trucks.

Donald was known for starting conversations with a complete stranger.  He loved talking to everyone and hearing stories that anyone would share with him.  

Donald took it upon himself to be the driver on vacations with his Mom, niece, and nephews. He enjoyed the family pasture parties for family birthdays, going to dances, and listening to country music.

Donald had a great sense of humor, a nickname for everyone that he was close to.  We will all miss the orneriness, smile, and his contagious laughter!!

 Donald is survived by his Mother, Donna Bentley of Sargent, NE and special friend Duane Krajnik of Ord, NE; sisters, Julie Bentley of Broken Bow, NE, and Gaylene (Jerod) Beck of Broken Bow, NE; 2 nephews and 3 nieces; 2 great nephews and 1 great niece; two uncles, Duane (Cheryl) Bentley of Berthoud, CO, and Gary (Cyndie) Willhoit of Santa Rosa, CA; and Donald’s special friend and caregiver Jennifer Marr of Broken Bow, NE.  Donald was preceded in death by his Dad, Gaylord Bentley; paternal grandparents, Chris and Virginia Bentley; maternal grandparents, Elwin and Elizabeth Willhoit; two uncles Darel Bentley and Joe Willhoit.


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