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Philanthropist, Businessman Don Bently Dies at 84

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Local philanthropist, engineer and businessman Donald Bently has passed away.

Bently got a bachelors and masters of science in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa.

The WWII veteran then started Bently Scientific Co. out of his Berkeley, California garage in 1956.

In 1961 he moved to Minden and renamed the company Bently Nevada Corp.

In 2002, he sold the company to GE Energy. Within that time, it had grown to 2,000 employees worldwide and more than 100 offices in 42 countries.

A public viewing is being held for Bently at Walton's Funeral Home at 1521 Church Street in Gardnerville Thursday from 4pm to 8pm.

A public memorial service is scheduled October 18th at Saint Gall Catholic Church on Centerville Lane in Gardnerville at 10am. 

Bently was 87 years old.

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