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Bert Bentzlin was born in Cumberland, Wis., and attended the University of Minnesota. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-17 pilot. He flew 27 missions with the 8th Air Force, 360th Bombardment Squadron, based in England. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service. His brothers, Lieutenants Conrade and Carl, also served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. They were both shot down and lost in action.
After the war, Bert was a flight engineer at Eastern Airlines for 17 years before joining Seaboard and flying another 13 years as a flight engineer.
Bert is survived by his wife of fifty years, Mary; five daughters, Mrs. Carol Waring, Mrs. Anne Smith, Mrs. Amy Serillo, Mrs. Kathryn Miller, and Mrs. Kerry Begley; his son, Brian; his sister, Mrs. Betty Hesse; and 11 grandchildren.