Robert Francis Bennett, 96, of Chrisman, passed away at 11:35 a.m. Sunday, April 11, 2021, at Paris Health and Rehabilitation Center. He retired from the United States Postal Service as the …
Robert Francis Bennett, 96, of Chrisman, passed away at 11:35 a.m. Sunday, April 11, 2021, at Paris Health and Rehabilitation Center. He retired from the United States Postal Service as the Postmaster of the Chrisman Post Office.
A service celebrating his life is 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 17, at Templeton Funeral Home, with Pastor Troy Warner officiating. A concluding service is at Franklin Cemetery, with Brother Karl Marshall officiating. Military honors will be provided by Kansas American Legion Post 539. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the funeral home.
Mr. Bennett was born Aug. 28, 1924, in Ashmore, the son of the late Brent Ambrose and Winona D. Ashmore Bennett. He married Phyllis Ann Heggerty Nov. 12, 1946, in Kansas, and she preceded him in death May 31, 2015.
Survivors include two daughters, Sheryl Ann Bennett of Chrisman and Trudy Wynn (Frank) Smidler of Stoughton, Wis.; a sister, Dorothy Townsend of Shelbyville; four grandchildren, Kylee (Adam) Gregory of Oak Creek, Wis., Drew (Jessica) Smidler of Zionsville, Ind., Chelsy (Ian) Jankus of Centreville, Va., and Derek Smidler of Clearfield, Utah; three great-grandchildren, Bennett and Sammy Smidler and Harper Jankus; and multiple nieces and nephews from both the Bennett and Heggerty families.
He was preceded in death by one son, John Thomas Bennett; two brothers, John A. Bennett and James Earl Bennett; and an infant sister, Rebecca Dorcas.
Mr. Bennett was a veteran of the United States Army serving as an infantryman in Company F, 253rd Battalion, 63rd Division that went to overseas combat in 1945. He received both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service as well as other recognitions.
He was a member of the Kansas American Legion Post 539, receiving a 75-year member certificate. He was also 72-year member of the 40 and 8 and life member and Past Commander of Paris V.F.W. Post 3601, as well as Past District Commander.
Mr. Bennett served as a volunteer deputy sheriff with the Edgar County Civil Defense for many years, volunteered as van driver for the Veteran’s Administration and was a member of the Chrisman Christian Church.
He told the best stories, loved to laugh and tease and had the biggest heart ever. He kept his ornery sense of humor up until the end — sharing his cornflakes joke at least once with every nurse who cared for him at Paris Health and Rehab.
Mr. Bennett will be dearly missed by family and friends, but survivors are thankful he is reunited with family who have gone before. And his knees don’t hurt anymore.
Memorial donations may be made to Chrisman Christian Church, Kansas American Legion Post 539 or Paris American Legion Post 211.
Online condolences at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.