John S. Bentley

John S. Bentley

THE VILLAGES, FLA.—John Schuyler Bentley, 79, beloved husband of Elaine Schiferl for 56 years, died at home on October 7, 2019.

John was born in Lincoln, Neb., on March 23, 1940. He attended Lincoln Southeast High School and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1963 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He began his career in Great Bend, Kans., where he was employed by Western Light & Telephone. In 1967, he moved to Groton/New London, Conn., and was employed by Electric Boat, a division of General Dynamics. After retiring from General Dynamics in 1996 he moved to the Chesapeake Bay area and later became a resident of The Villages, Fla.

He served on the boards of the Ledyard Sportsmen’s Club in Connecticut, The Rappahannock Pistol and Rifle Club in White Stone, and the Ocala Sportsmen’s Association in Florida.

For many years he sailed the New England coastal waters, the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as the Chesapeake Bay area and especially enjoyed chartering in the British Virgin and Leeward Islands. He was an avid target pistol shooter, enjoyed traveling and always had a novel close at hand. He was a gracious, gentle man who cherished life with a positive attitude.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother-in-law (Eugene), sister-in-law (Rosemary), as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made in John’s loving memory to Cornerstone Hospice, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, Fl 32162, or the American Cancer Society, 13940 N US Hwy 441, Bldg. 200, Suite 205, The Villages, FL 32159.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Leesburg, Fl. Online condolences may be shared at

Arrangements entrusted to Page-Theus Funeral and Cremation Services, Leesburg, Fla.