John was born in 1934 in Ida County, Iowa, to Lewis Ray Bennett and Alvina Koch (Bennett). He was raised on the family farm in Schaller, Iowa, along with his two brothers and two sisters.
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After graduating from high school in 1952, John joined the Army. After serving his term, he was discharged at Fort Lewis in Washington State. John fell in love with the Pacific Northwest, especially all the waters around Seattle, and decided this was where he wanted to live. His first job was with Leiter Hocket Diving, where he worked as a hart hat diver's tender. A co-worker invited John home for dinner, which is where he met his future wife, Sharon. They were married in 1959. For about 25 years, he worked for Manson Construction John worked on bridges, docks, piers, and ferry terminals. He worked mostly on the west coast and in Alaska.
John was gifted with the ability to do anything he made his mind up to do. He fixed cars, equipment, and built houses. If anything broke, he would fix it. In his retirement years, he enjoyed being a part of the Wild Women of Woolley group with his wife. His hobbies were playing cards, fishing, crabbing, boating and any other water activity.
A Celebration of Life and potluck will be on Sunday, September 15 at 1pm at the Alger Community Hall.
The family would like to thank Hospice of the Northwest. We couldn't have made it without the help of hospice and our sweet, precious nurse Miss Jessie. They are a wonderful group of people.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 18, 2013