HARTFORD CITY – Earl L. Bennett, 84, of Hartford City, passed away at 6:10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie.
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He was born in Hartford City on August 10, 1929, to the late Cecil Bennett and the late Edna (Brown) Bennett.
Earl married Julia (Lambiotte) Bennett on October 21, 1950, at St. John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church Rectory, Hartford City. She precedes him in death on November 13, 2007.
After Earl married Julia he lived in Hartford City for a short while, then they moved to Marion, Greentown, Greenville (Ohio), Muncie, Marion and then back to Hartford City after his retirement.
He had been the manager for Marsh for nine years, the assistant plant manager for Sudlow Potato Chips and also had formerly worked 28 ½ years at Dietzen Holsom Bread and Lewis Brothers Bakery.
Earl was a member of Apostolic Tabernacle Church, Hartford City, where he formerly was the treasurer from July 1, 1999, until December 31, 2006, and had been a trustee of the church since 1996.
He enjoyed recording gospel music on tapes for people who were unable to attend church.
Earl enjoyed photography and loved yard work. He played the harmonica.
His message to all is "Love One Another."
He will be sadly missed by his son, Robert E. Bennett, of Memphis; three daughters, Debbie K. (husband, Ted) Benham, of Virginia Beach, Va., Cindy A. (husband, Jeff) Robertson, of Elkhart, and Teresa L. (husband, Gary) Gerstacker, of Ringoes, N.J.; seven grandchildren, Kyle Benham, Tyler Benham, Katie Robertson, Luke (wife, Janee) Robertson, Daniel (wife, Amy) Gerstacker, Drew (wife, Laquoya) Bennett and Emily Bennett; four great-grandchildren, Benjamin Walter Gerstacker, Lilly Jackson, Preston Bennett and Max Gerstacker due in December 2013; one brother, Max (wife, Laverne) Bennett, of Greenville, Ohio; one sister, Linda Hunt, of Indianapolis; several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sisters, Marilyn Duncan, Drusilla Bennett and Violet Bennett, and one brother, Caches Harry Bennett.
Funeral services for Earl were on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at Keplinger Funeral Home, 509 N. High St., Hartford City. Burial followed at Hartford City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to KidCare International of Elkhart, 55919 Riverdale Dr., Elkhart, IN 46514.
Online condolences may be sent to www.keplingerfuneralhome.com
Keplinger Funeral Home
509 N High St
Hartford City, IN 47348
Published in Hartford City News Times from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4, 2013