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Richard Merle Bennett

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Richard Merle Bennett Obituary
Richard Merle Bennett


Richard "Dick" Merle Bennett, 69, passed away on Friday, August 15, 2014 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Services will be held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA. Visitation will follow the service.

Dick was born on July 3, 1945 in Columbus, NE to Merle and Irene (Derrickson) Bennett. After one year of college at Buena Vista, Dick went to work for SuperValu as an assistant manager and then transferred to Des Moines as a buyer. He retired in 1990. Dick enjoyed fishing, hunting, building model cars, and was an avid reader. His passion was his Corvette's. He was a member of the Sports Car Club of America, and NCRS Heartland Chapter serving as chairman. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge; and enjoyed traveling and loved to drive.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 49 years, Lani Bennett; children, Brad (Carrie) Bennett, Brooke (Matthew) Plambeck; grandchildren, Macy Lettington, Cameron and Casey Bennett; sister, Bonnie (Roger) Schmidt; and numerous other relatives and friends. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, and infant brother.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be expressed at

Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 17, 2014
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