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Steven R. Bennett

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Steven R. Bennett Obituary
Steven R. Bennett, of Willoughby Hills, Ohio, passed away of cancer, at his home, on August 8, 2018, age 43.
Steve was born on July 31, 1975, in Mayfield Heights OH. He is the beloved son of Russell and Carol Bennett (Peterson) and beloved brother of Scott Bennett and best friend of Apollo, the family Doberman, who never left his side; and grandson of the late Ronald and Dorothy Peterson (Willowick, OH) and the late Harry and Margaret Bennett (St. Augustine FL).
Although Steve was born with spina bifida, he was independent. He walked with crutches and a leg brace until recently. He was a 1995 graduate of the Willoughby Eastlake School system and was proud to have a driver's license and own a car.
He worked for Tri Delta in Mentor for several years and received four Employee of the Month awards, until the company relocated.
Steve was an avid sports fan and attended dozens of baseball, basketball, and football games over the years with his family and cousins. He especially loved going to Ohio State games with his brother, Scott; the Orioles v. Redsox games at
Camden Yards with his Aunt Sandy (Peterson Sloan) and Uncle Lloyd (Sloan) and his late cousin, Danny Shenk (Woodstock, MD). He was also a big Red Sox fan and attended games with his dad at Fenway Park. They even went to their Spring Training Camp in Fort Myers, FL and met the players. Steve was always grateful to Dr. Michael C. Smith (Rocky River) for giving him dozens of Tribe tickets over the years to attend games. Recently, Steve talked about the Browns v. Steelers game he went to with his brother, Scott and cousins, Dale and Shannon Walker (Clayville, NY). He remembered how much fun they had. He said that game was cold but the coldest game ever was when he and his dad went to a Green
Bay Packers playoff game at Lambeau Field. Steve was the No. 1 fan of LeBron James. He went to many of the Cavalier games with his brother and his favorite cousin, Mike Shenk (Baltimore, MD), and cousins Shane and Shane, Jr. Inman (Raleigh, NC). In May 2018, even when Steve was on hospice, he attended a Cavs playoff game with his brother, Scott, and cousin, Mike Shenk. Steve frequently reminisced about how great it was to be at the Cavs Championship Parade in 2016 when he even stayed in a hotel. He replayed the CD of that Championship Game and Parade often. Steve loved to travel. He had fond memories of early trips to Florida to visit Aunt Mavis Bennett and her family at Disney World. For many years, he celebrated his birthdays in Union Lake Michigan, visiting Aunt Janice Baugh and his late Uncle Eddie Baugh. He loved boating on Union Lake with his cousins, Lisa (Baugh) Haas (Marine City, MI) and Gretchen (Baugh) Clemens (Libertyville, IL) driving the boat. Steve was always ready to take a long vacation too. His furthest trip was to Hawaii with his parents, brother, and cousin, Lance Inman (Wake Forest, NC). On his 30th birthday, Steve and his mom flew to Las Vegas and met cousins, Mike Shenk (CA), Jeff and Laura Walker (Ilion, NY) and Aunt Janine Walker (Sauquoit, NY). After a few days in Vegas, they even drove to Huntington Beach, CA, and had a memorable beach party. Steve loved his visits to Myrtle Beach, where his Grandma and Grandpa Peterson and Aunt Marie and Uncle Tony Praznik were snowbirds.
During Steve's recent birthday month, he had memorable visits with Aunt Janice Baugh and Jim Lewis, Aunt Sandy and Uncle Lloyd, his cousins, Mike Shenk, Dale and Shannon Walker and Jeff and Laura Walker. He was always happy to hear from Aunt Jackie and Uncle Paul Inman (Sauquoit, NY) and Aunt Yvette Ladiha (Wickliffe, OH) and appreciated everyone in the family storming heaven with prayers for him.
Steve was the ULTIMATE WARRIOR. Yesterday he said "I never felt handicapped until I got cancer."
Just before he met Jesus, his last words were "Channel 8 News said the Willoughby Eastlake Schools are putting bullet-proof glass on all the school windows in the next two years. I sure hope that keeps kids safe." As his hospice nurse said, she knows that Steve is having a conversation with Jesus saying "please don't give me my wings yet...can't I run around for awhile" ?
In keeping with Steve's wishes, he would like everyone to remember him on game day, Saturday, November 24th, and watch the Ohio State Buckeyes v. University of Michigan and smile (especially Gretchen, Matt, Alex, and Audrey, who knew how to make him laugh!). We will miss Steve dearly and
will think of him often, especially in the evenings when we watch his favorite show the "Deadliest Catch" which he enjoyed with his brother, Scott, "our family fisherman".
A private graveside service was held at Crown Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, it would be appreciated if donations were sent to and payable to the Willoughby Eastlake City School District. Thank you. Willoughby Eastlake City School District, C/O The Steven Bennett Memorial Fund, 32500 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094.
Published in The News-Herald on Aug. 12, 2018
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