Bennett, Russell Edward
Russell Edward Bennett passed away peacefully on January 20, 2013 at age 97. Beloved husband of Marilyn Bennett, loving father of Richard Bennett, Roger (Mary) Bennett, Sherri (Frank) Rath, Randall (Lisa) Bennett and Suzanne Meeker, and loving Step-Father of Timothy (Heidi) Konz, Lizbeth (David) Arnold, Jonathon (Jody) Konz and Mary (Scott) Stein.
Dearest Grandfather to Ryan, Elisa, Eve, Layne, Gregory, Bradley, Stacy, Wade, Christopher, Laura, Alexandra, Kelsey, Nicole, Clayton, Tyler, Leah, Mackenzie, Zachary and Luke. Most special Great-Grandfather to Jacob, Aliyah, Tyson, Camdyn and Chloe and will be missed by nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Russell was born September 10, 1915 in Crivitz, WI, the youngest son of Fred and Julia (Nee Parent) Bennett. He joins brothers Duane and Kenneth with our heavenly Father.
Russell graduated from Crivitz High School in 1933. He served our country in the United States Army in World War II from 1941 - 1948 as a Corporal, spending time in France and Germany. After returning from the war he worked as a telegrapher for Milwaukee Railroad from 1948-1968.
During these years he fell in love with Deloris Lauer and they married in 1954. They raised their children, bought a home, ran a family business and were happy with life's pleasures. He worked as the store manager of Lauer's Food Market until he retired in 1977. Deloris passed away in 1975. Not many people experience two great loves, but Russell met Marilyn Konz over a Leinenkugel in 1979. They were married on February 18, 1983.
They enjoyed many happy years together working at Road America, vacationing in Arizona, watching the Brewers and having a cocktail. Russell loved the Bible and fictional novels, cribbage, and a good debate. He also organized the first annual Bennett Open (golf), now in its 30th year.
Russell was a member of the VFW World Cheese Center Post # 5612, Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post # 243 and Knights of Columbus Council #1789 in Plymouth (4th Degree).
Russell was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth where a Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, (January 24) at 12:00 Noon. Father Daniel Volkert, Pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held on Thursday Morning at the CHURCH from 10:30 A.M. until the time of the Funeral Mass. All are welcome for lunch following Mass in the church dining hall.
The Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post # 243 will conduct Military Rites at the church following the Mass. Memorials are appreciated in Russell's name to Catholic Charities or the Plymouth Care Center. The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.
Russell's family extends heartfelt thanks to Mary and Scott Stein for their love and freindship to Dad over all of the years. Special thanks to the CNA's, nurses and staff at Plymouth Care Center for comforting him in his last years.
Published in Sheboygan Press on January 22, 2013