Dale L. Benti, age 92, of Miles City passed away on May 3, 2021 at Holy Rosary Extended Care in Miles City, MT.
Dale was born to Matt and Lillian (Cave) Benti on July 12, 1928 in Miles City, MT. Dale grew up and attended school in Miles City. Dale joined the United States Air Force in 1946 where he served for 3 years before being put on the inactive reserve. During this time Dale obtained his GED. One year after being placed on the inactive reserve, Dale received notice that he was being called back for active duty during the Korean Conflict. He served his country proudly until he was honorably discharged in 1951. During his time in the Air Force, he met a young lady by the name of Darlene Williams and upon his return the two were married on September 20, 1951.
Dale and Darlene made their home in Miles City and together raised their three children, Jean, Bruce and Patricia. Dale started a new sign business called Regal Signs, Dale worked as the owner and operator for the next 20 years. He did gold leaf signage, neon lighting, sign painting and everything in between. After 20 years in the sign business Dale sold it and began Benti Outdoor Enterprises this allowed him to continue to work on signs but also allowed him to do carpentry and many other jobs. Dale also worked for a short time for Miles Community College as the building supervisor and head groundskeeper.
At a very young age Dale developed a lifelong love for flying, he took every opportunity he had through the years to fly with others or fly his own plane. He also loved traveling with his little camper and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife Darlene, his three children; Jean (Norman) Dille of Twin Falls, ID, Bruce Benti and Patricia Benti both of Miles City, five grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings; Mavis, Bob and Sally.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery in Miles City, MT. Condolences can be made to the family by visiting stevensonandsons.com.