SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Richard F. Bennett, 74, of Ozark and formerly of Quincy, Ill., passed away Friday (May 16, 2014) in Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo. He was born Nov. 25, 1939, in Quincy, the son of Frank and Hilda Bennett. As a young man, he served his country as a courier officer in the U.S. Army. In 1967, he married Claudette Olson who died July 4, 1969. On April 30, 1971, he and Glenda Thomas were united in marriage. Dick and Glenda spent many years in Tucson, Ariz., raising their family where Dick served as a pastor. When he moved his family to Springfield in 1979, he started working in furniture sales, as he had grown up in the furniture business in Illinois. He bought Wheelers Furniture in 1985 and thoroughly enjoyed running his business, working with his staff and providing vision and leadership until his death. Dick always used the platform of his business success to share the hope of Jesus Christ with others and his love for God and generosity was seen by all who knew him. He was greatly loved by his family, his staff and many, many friends. Survivors include his wife, Glenda; a son, Gregg and wife, Karen, of Westlake Village, Calif.; two daughters, Becky Lindell and husband, David, of Ozark and Kim Robilotto and husband, Jon, of New York City; six grandchildren, Judah and Mia Bennett, Owen, Elliot and Henley Lindel and Riley Robilotto; two brothers, Mac Bennett and Don Bennett and wife, Ruth; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Claudette, and sister-in-law, Margaret. SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at James River Church in Ozark. Burial with military honors will precede that at 9 a.m. at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield. VISITATION: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Greenlawn East Funeral Home, Springfield. MEMORIALS: WorldServe International, c/o James River Church, 6100 N. 19th St., Ozark, Mo. 65721. ARRANGEMENTS: Greenlawn Funeral Homes.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from May 20 to May 22, 2014