Richard Sullivan Bentley Jr.

Richard Sullivan Bentley Jr.

Nov 11, 1939-July 16, 2021

 St. George, Utah, Richard S. Bentley, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother returned to his heavenly home on July 16, 2021.

Born in Denver, Colorado on November 11, 1939, to Richard Sullivan Bentley and Noma Cox Bentley, he moved to Butte, Montana at age seven, then later moved to Lewiston, Idaho, where he worked at JC Penney Company and the family ranch. In Lewiston, he met Adele Baird.  Because his family roots were in St George, Utah, he moved there and attended Dixie High School where he participated in football, basketball, and track.

He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Spanish speaking, in the West Spanish American Mission from 1960-1962 . After returning home, he married his high school sweetheart, Adele Baird, on Dec 21, 1962, in the St. George Temple. After graduating from BYU (where he was on the golf team)  in accountancy, he enjoyed a fulfilling career as an Internal Auditor for a national accounting firm, controller in Las Vegas, and controller for land development companies in St George, Utah, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Having lived also in Los Angeles, Dallas, Salt Lake City, he was always a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ and served in countless callings as he ministered and served to all those around him. He and Adele served three additional missions: Bishop Storehouse directors in Las Vegas, Nevada, Institute directors in Santa Monica, California, and office missionaries in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He loved all sports, but his favorite was to golf with good friends and family. He loved his family and always taught them in word and by example how important their relationship with Jesus Christ is. He took any opportunity to share with all his testimony,  his love for the Savior, and the Savior’s Gospel.

Richard is survived by his wife of 58 years Adele, Washington, Utah; his son Randall (Brandi) Bentley, Las Vegas, Nevada; his daughters Kellyanne (Adam) Taylor, Las Vegas, Nevada, Karen Bentley, St George, Utah, and Kimberly (Cory) Jones, Las Vegas, Nevada; 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Darlene (Kenneth) Nickell, Pleasant Grove, Utah.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers William Bentley, Gordon Rene Bentley, and Jerre Bentley.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, July 26, 2021, at 11:30 am at the Buena Vista Washington Stake Center, 860 N Fairway Dr. Washington, UT with a viewing prior to service from 10:30 -11:15 am. Interment is at the Washington City Cemetery at 1:00 pm.

Family and friends that are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service by clicking on the link below.

Passcode: Bentley

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. Family and friends are invited to sign Richard’s online guest book at



10:30 – 11:15 am

Second Visitation


11:30 am


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Buena Vista Washington Stake Center
806 N Fairway Dr
Washington, Utah


1:00 pm
Washington City Cemetery
300 Park View Drive
Washington, Utah

Guest Book

7 Responses

  1. Much love and appreciation for your good life, and endurance to the end. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bentley Family at this tender time.

    The Abneys

  2. We were so sorry to hear of Brother Bentley’s passing. We did enjoy seeing you when you were in our ward and then serving at the St. George Temple. He will be missed by many. You both have always been such wonderful examples to us of a Celestial couple. We are so blessed to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our prayers are for you Adele, and your family. Love, Darold & Bonnie Galloway

  3. I was sorry to hear of cousin Rick’s passing but was able to attend the funeral via zoom. I learned much that I didn’t know. Thank you for setting that up for us to watch. Prayers are for you Adele, your family and Ken and Darlene. Love to you all. Carolyn Jacklin

  4. Sending my love and deepest condolences to dear cousin Rick’s beloved family. I was so glad that I could watch and listen to his wonderful service today. The talks, prayers, and music were inspiring. It was all such a perfect tribute to Rick.

    Rick was always kind, fun, and such a great example to me, his younger cousin. Adele, I looked up to both you and Rick. You were such a darling couple that I loved to be around. I know he will be watching over you and your family. I pray for your comfort.

    With love,

    Elaine Broadbent Tschaggeny

  5. What a wonderful tribute today to a wonderful cousin! I wish we didn’t need to depend on funerals to learn so many good things about our family. Our condolences and best wishes to Adele and the family.

  6. We were very sad to hear that Elder Bentley passed away. He and Adele, were an incredible help when we arrived in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission in July 2014. They helped run the mission office. They kept the office in great shape and showed us the ropes our first six months. Their patience, kindness and commitment were exemplary. We will be forever in their debt.

    Elder Bentley was warm, gregarious and genuinely loved everyone. He had the almost impossible assignment of Fleet Coordinator when the mission had over 100 vehicles. He often had to have difficult conversations with missionaries about their care for the vehicles, miles, accidents… Despite the trying nature of his calling, the missionaries adored him. At one-point, Elder Bentley was dealing with a painful bout of kidney stones. Even that didn’t seem to slow him down or change his bright, engaging personality. His ever-present smile, undying testimony, commitment to helping others and obvious deep love for his companion/wife made him a model for all missionaries and members – young and old.

    Rest in peace Elder Bentley. Hopefully, we will serve together again on the other side of the veil.

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