BENNETT Jr., Wilbur Vernon "Vern"|
Wilbur Vernon "Vern" Bennett, Jr., 75, of Lakeway, passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014, following a long and valiant battle against Alzheimer's disease. Vern was born November 28, 1938, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Wilbur and Louvean Bennett. He graduated from Ponchatoula High School and Louisiana State University and was a lifelong LSU Tiger fan. Vern was a caring man who loved his family dearly and brought happiness and laughter to many. He will be remembered for his generous heart, kindness, silly rhymes and dedication to helping others.
Vern served in the US Army from 1962-1964. After his discharge, he began his career working for the State of Louisiana, ultimately as the Deputy Director of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System. He subsequently moved to Carson City, Nevada, in 1973 where he served as Executive Director of the Nevada Public Employees' Retirement Systems. In that capacity, he served as President of the National Association of State Retirement Administrators and on the governing board of the National Conference of Teacher Retirement Systems. In 1981, Vern changed his career path to the private sector and marketed commercial investment properties to public pension funds throughout the U.S. This change led the family to Sacramento, California, then Half Moon Bay, California. When Vern retired in 1996, he and his wife moved to the Lakeway area where they have enjoyed golfing, boating, playing bridge, traveling, making many dear friends and especially spending time with their family.
Vern was a long-time member of The Lakeway Church and a dedicated Stephen Minister as well as a Stephen Leader. He was instrumental in establishing a support network for Stephen Ministers throughout Texas and instituted and produced a quarterly newsletter for Stephen Minister member churches.
Vern was deeply devoted to his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of over 51 years, Sherry Vines Bennett, son, Michael Seburn Bennett, daughter, Ashley Bennett Foster, granddaughter Elizabeth Bennett, grandson Colton Foster, and granddaughter Miranda Bennett. In addition to extended family, Vern leaves behind many dear friends throughout the United States.
The family would like to express its deepest appreciation to the dedicated team at Cedar Ridge Alzheimer's Special Care Center for the kind and loving care provided to Vern for the last 16 months.
A memorial service to celebrate Vern's life will be held at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at The Lakeway Church, 2203 Lakeway Boulevard, Lakeway, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The
at www.alz.org, The Lakeway Church or a
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 17 to Aug. 18, 2014