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BENNETT, Richard D. 1922-2007

BENNETT, RUSSELL, HOLLAND

Posted By: K. Kittleson
Date: 11/16/2008 at 18:30:14

Visitation:
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Hauser Funeral Home
1205 South Main Street
Charles City, IA 50616

Service:
Friday, September 14, 2007
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
106 Chapel Ln
Charles City, IA 50616

Richard D. Bennett, 85, of Charles City, died Saturday, September 8, 2007, at the Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.

The Reverend Carl Ries will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery in Charles City. Military honors will be conducted by the Charles City Ceremonial Unit.

Richard Dick Bennett was born February 14, 1922, at Benton, Ill. the son of Otis and Hazel (Russell) Bennett. He received his education from Benton High School and later received his BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois in Champaign. Richard was a veteran of WW II and served in the United States Air Force Reserves from 1945 to 1975 retiring as a Lt. Colonel.

He moved to Charles City in 1952 working at White Farm Equipment Company as Chief Metallurgist until his retirement in 1985.

On July 4, 1953 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth (Bette) Holland at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where he served as an usher.

He was also active in the Knights of Columbus, V.F.W., Elks Club, and the Republican Party of Iowa. He was City Councilman and member of the Redevelopment Commission after the tornado. His interests included: his family, golfing, a loyal supporter of the Fighting Illini football, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa and St. Louis Cardinals football. Richard was an avid follower of politics and current events, and would never shy from a good debate.

Living family members include two daughters, Maria (Mike) Westfall of Woodbury, Minn. and Nancy Bennett of Woodbury, Minn.; two grandchildren, Katie and Eric Westfall of Woodbury, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Marjorie (Holland) Reed of Wallingford, Conn.; many nephews; and many friends at Port Charles Assisted Living and from the Tuesday morning coffee group.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bette; brother, Dallas Bennett; and sister-in-law, Jean Holland.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Mercy Hospital and Dialysis staff, to the Charles City Dialysis Center staff, and the staff at Port Charles Assisted Living.

Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

[Hauser Funeral Home obituary]


 

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