Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home - Champaign Il

Today is

Ronald R. Bentley

Ronald R. Bentley of Champaign, formerly of Gila, Ill., passed away at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the age of 75 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Ron was born on Dec. 11, 1943, in Newton, Ill. He had three daughters, Laura, Lisa and Erin; a son, Jason; and a granddaughter, Reese.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Bentley and Mary Williams, and daughter, Laura Bentley.

He is survived by his brothers, Rex and Clint Williams; daughters, Lisa Bentley-Ripple and Erin Bentley; his son, Jason Bentley; and his granddaughter, Reese.

Ron graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor of science in 1966. He maintained a long career as a medical technologist at Burnham and Carle hospitals.

Ron was curious and analytical, but most importantly, humorous in his life’s perspectives. Having contracted Type 1 diabetes at the age of 4, he knew how important it was to be playful and satirical, while being staunchly independent. His wishes were to be cremated.

Please join his family for a celebration of his life at the Large Pavilion in Crystal Lake Park in Urbana from 4 to 8 pm. Saturday, June 8, 2019. There will be food, beverages and memories.

Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm St., Champaign, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences to the family may be offered online at heathandvaughn.com.



Ron was my Supervisor on my first job, in the Chemistry Laboratory at Burnham Hospital, back in 1971. He was also a good friend. I admired the way he weathered the storms in his life with acceptance and serenity. I worked with him again at Mercy/Covenant. He was an interesting and fun person to talk to. I missed the later part of his life, as I haven't seen him in several years. He will be fondly remembered.

Georgette Ochs


I am so sorry to hear about Ron’s death. We worked together for a number of years during his tenure at Carle and his sense of humor kept us entertained many a night. And early mornings too. I know you must all feel a tremendous loss.

Leslie White


My condolences to the whole family. While I dont know any of you personally but I met his son and his daughter briefly at the hospital. I was one of the healthcare techs that took care of him during 2 of his stays at carle. Ron was one of my favorite patients, he was a very nice man who always had a smile on his face. He will be missed and our whole unit was saddened to hear about his passing. He was very special to all of us.

Staci Rudzinski