RACINE, Wis. – Alfred Edgar "Ed" Bent, 90, passed away peacefully on Saturday (Nov. 29, 2014) with his loving family at his side.
He was born in Bondville on March 2, 1924, to parents Harry and Eva (Wilson) Bent. Ed attended Champaign Senior High School, graduating in 1942, and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1943.
Ed served as a lieutenant bombardier with the 15th Air Force stationed in Italy during World War II. Wounded on his first mission, he flew seven more missions before being released from active duty, at which time he enlisted in the USAF Reserves, where he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Ed was decorated with the Presidential Citation with two clusters, Purple Heart, European Theater Ribbon with seven battle stars, and the ribbon for service in the American Theater of Operations.
After service, Ed attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. On Aug. 8, 1945, he married the love of his life, Dorothy "Dot" Helen Cox at the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Champaign. The happy couple was married by the Rev. Dr. H. Clifford Northcott, who later became bishop of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church. Ed and Dot celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary in August of this year.
Ed was employed by Twin Disc Inc. for 30 years as an internal auditor. While working, he attained his advanced degree as certified internal auditor. He participated in and was president of the Junior Achievement program sponsored by Twin Disc, and was a member and officer of the company's 20-year club.
Ed was a very active member of the Racine Jaycees, where he held the offices of treasurer and president. He also served as treasurer at the Wisconsin state level.
Ed was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Racine for 62 years. He served as treasurer of the church for 55 years, was a member of the finance committee and administrative board and served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Conference District for seven years. Ed was also a member of the Masonic Lodge of Rochelle and the Shriners Club of Racine.
Ed enjoyed sports of all kinds. He was an avid golfer and a member and officer of the Ives Grove Tuesday golf league. He also enjoyed bowling with the Twin Disc bowling league. Ed and Dot traveled extensively in the U.S. and internationally, and celebrated their 60th anniversary in Paris at the Moulin Rouge with their daughters.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Raymond and Jack; and sister-in-law, Julia (Barber) Bent.
He is survived by his loving wife, Dot; two daughters, Katherine Lynn Bent and Barbara Ann Bent, both of Spokane, Wash.; and brother, William Frank Bent, and sister-in-law, Lucy Bent, of Paxton.
A funeral service celebrating Ed's life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Racine.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Racine, Shriners Hospital for Children at 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707, or Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Garden Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.
Arrangements are by Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home, 803 Main St., Racine, WI 53403; 262-634-7888. Please send condolences atwww.meredithfuneralhome.com.