OLEAN - Eber F. Bennett, formerly of East Forest Avenue, Colonial Village and more recently of The Pines Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday (June 12, 2013) at The Pines.
Born July 22, 1913, in Tyler, Wash., he was the son of Fred C. and Velma Ellsworth Bennett. On Oct. 4, 1937, in Olean, he married Helen F. Miller, who predeceased him May 29, 2005.
Mr. Bennett had attended the University of Idaho and also was a veteran of World War II
, having served with the U.S. Army
in the Philippines.
He had been employed for 31 years as a machinist for Clark Bros. Co., now Dresser-Rand, in Olean until his retirement in 1978.
He was a longtime member of the First Methodist Church and later Christ United Methodist Church in Olean. He also was a former member of the St. Stephen's Club and was formerly active with the Olean Senior League and the Allegany 60-Plus Club. He belonged to the United Steel Workers Union Retirees Local 4601.
Surviving are a son, Ronald (Bonnie) Bennett of Seaford, Va.; one daughter, Mary Lou (Dennis) Bailey of Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by four sisters, Donna Clark, Alice Brown, Geraldine McGraw and Lena Young.
At Mr. Bennett's request, there will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at Hinsdale Cemetery in Maplehurst.
Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 633 Linwood Ave., Olean, NY 14760. Online condolences may be expressed at www.oleanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, Olean.