William H. Bennett, 86
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William H. Bennett, 86, of Lafayette died at 7:00pm, Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Creasy Springs Health Campus, Lafayette.
He was born on August 3, 1927 in Lafayette to the late Herbert W. and Viola E. (Haggerty) Bennett. He was a 1945 graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School and went on to receive a degree in Agriculture from Purdue University, graduating in 1951. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force for 18 months and was honorably discharged in 1946. He married his wife, Joan Paddack Fincher on June 21, 1981 at the First Baptist Church in Lafayette. She survives. He previously married Ellen Kluth on Aug 25, 1947, they later divorced.
Bill was a lifelong resident of Lafayette and a member of Masonic Lodge # 103 in Dayton. He spent all of his working life at Bennett's Greenhouse, retiring after 40 years in 1990.
He enjoyed wood working, gardening, traveling, and was a Purdue sports fan. He was a friend to everybody, he never met a stranger.
With his wife, Joan he is survived by 3 children, Richard W. Bennett (wife: Christine) of Lafayette, Barbara A. Ruff of Lafayette, and Katherine Chinn (husband: Dave) of Lafayette; 2 stepchildren, Peter Fincher of Springfield, TN, Rebecca McCutcheon (husband: Vernon "Mackie") of Owens Crossroads, AL; a sister, Roberta Dolick (husband: Robert) of Reynolds; a brother, Max Bennett of Lafayette; 10 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.
Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Bennett and his sister, Evelyn Swayze.
Friends may call from 4pm-8pm, Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Hartzler-Clapper Funeral Home, Brookston.
Funeral Service at 10am, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Hartzler-Clapper Funeral Home in Brookston with Pastor Michael Brooks of Frankfort and formerly of Chalmers Bible Baptist officiating.
Interment will follow at Tippecanoe Memorial Gardens Cemetery, West Lafayette.
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Hartzler-Clapper Funeral Home
101 W 4th St Brookston, IN 47923
Published in the Journal & Courier from June 6 to June 9, 2014