Lloyd Bennett, Jr.
GENESEO - Lloyd Bennett, Jr., 89, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013, at the Genesis Medical Center-Illini Campus in Silvis, surrounded by his loving family. Lloyd was a deeply faithful Christian man and exemplified his faith in his daily life. Funeral services celebrating Lloyd's life will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at Vandemore Funeral Home in Geneseo. Rev. Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset. Military honors will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation for Lloyd will be 1 hour prior to the service, 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Lloyd Bennett, Jr., Memorial Fund.
Lloyd was born May 25, 1924, in Kewanee, Ill., the son of Lloyd and Leola (Greer) Bennett, Sr. He was a graduate of Neponset High School and was united in marriage to Marian A. Sorenson on December 7, 1946, in Chicago, Ill. Lloyd served his country proudly with the United States Army from 1944-1945. Farming was his passion and Lloyd farmed for 40 years in the Sheffield, Ill., area. Lloyd and Marion retired from farming and moved to Geneseo in 1990. Lloyd was a member of First Congregational Church in Geneseo. He loved the outdoors and was an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan. In his retirement years, Lloyd enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Marian, and children, Sharon (Robert) Strupp of Rock Island, Ill.; Timothy (Vicky) Bennett of Lincoln, Ill., Carla (Randal) Mayes of Stevens Point, Wisc., and Brian Bennett of Geneseo; six grandchildren, Andrew Strupp, Darcie Strupp, Joseph Mayes, Carolyn (Aaron) Jensen, Lisa (Darrin) White, and Sara (Rod Purdue) Thompson; three great-grandchildren, Olivia, Brittney, and Aiden; brother, James (Marlene) Bennett; two sisters, Margaret Wall and Virginia Moore; and many nieces and nephews.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Warren and Clarence Bennett, and great-granddaughter, Grace.