Richard “Dick” Allen Bennett, 94, a loving husband, beloved father and grandfather, passed away in the comfort of his home in West Chester, Pa., with family by his side on March 13, …
Richard “Dick” Allen Bennett, 94, a loving husband, beloved father and grandfather, passed away in the comfort of his home in West Chester, Pa., with family by his side on March 13, 2022.
A memorial service celebrating his life was May 23 at the Bethlehem Church, Thornton, Pa. A shiva service was also held May 23 at Congregation Beth Yeshua, Media, Pa.
A local memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20 at the Kansas Christian Church, with burial to follow in Grandview Cemetery. Military honors for Mr. Bennett will be provided at the cemetery by Paris American Legion Post 211. Also to be interred are the remains of his wife, Elisabeth Jared Bennett, who preceded him in death. A luncheon follows at the Kansas Christian Church.
He is survived by his two daughters, Nancy Bennett of Glen Mills, Pa., and Linda Bennett (Bauer) Evans of Attleboro, Mass.; and grandchildren, Bennett, William, Brittany and Jacquelyn Evans of Attleboro.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Elisabeth Jared Bennett; his mother and father, Mary Schneider Bennett and J. Arthur Bennett; stepmother, Tressa Carnine Bennett; and brother, Robert Bennett.
Mr. Bennett grew up on a farm in Kansas where he enjoyed raising and showing cattle through the 4-H club. He was a 1944 graduate of Kansas Community High School where he was actively involved in Future Farmers of America, student council, band, chorus and lettered in basketball and football.
His avid love of music began early with his parents' gift of a clarinet. His musical talent was discovered before lessons began when he played “Alexander's Ragtime Band” by ear. By high school he added the tenor sax and always was a part of a band from an early age. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in industrial arts at Eastern Illinois State College.
After one year of college, he was drafted into the U.S. Navy and served in the 134th Naval Construction Battalion during World War II, stationed in Guam. In addition to being a machinist mate, he played in the Island Command Marine Band. In 1950, after completing his college degree, the reservist was recalled to serve in the 103rd Naval Construction Battalion as a machinist mate during the Korean War. He was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas, and continued playing his sax and clarinet with the band on base.
Upon returning from service, he met his future wife Elisabeth Jared, then a clerk at the Edgar County Courthouse, while investigating an overdue tax bill. Shortly thereafter he was employed by State Farm Insurance, where he worked for nearly 40 years, starting as a supply manager and progressing to the head of Administrative Services for the tri-state region.
He loved his family and enjoyed supporting his children and grandchildren’s activities. He also delighted in playing music professionally with several bands, as well as, singing in the choir at Bethlehem Church and served on multiple committees throughout the years at Bethlehem Church.
Mr. Bennett was an avid golfer and longtime member at Concord Country Club and also enjoyed multiple carpentry projects. Upon retiring from State Farm, he added a love of baking to his talents and often shared with others his breads, bagels and washbasin cookies. In recent years, he attended Congregation Beth Yeshua with his daughter, Nancy. He was blessed to participate in the weekly Men's Bible Study via Zoom and blessed by the Beth Yeshua Women's Group Study.
Most of all he will be remembered by all who knew him for his kindness, laughter and generous spirit. Throughout his life he found joy in helping others. His high school yearbook described him very well as, ‘Officious, witty, sincere, always willing to serve.’
Mr. Bennett will be greatly missed by those who knew him and the many memories we have will remain a perpetual blessing.
Memorial donations may be made to Operation Smile, operationsmile.org;
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, mcsf.org; and Jewish Voice Ministries (to help Ukraine), jewishvoice.org