In Memory of

Richard Allen Bennett

April 14, 1941 - February 2, 2012
Richard Allen Bennett, son of Richard Vaughn Bennett and Helen Louise Fullerton Bennett, was born on April 14, 1941 in Norton County, Kansas. He attended school at Lenora, Kansas and then served in the Army National Guard from 1963 - 1969. On August 20, 1962, Richard was united in marriage to Martha (Bates) Bennett in New Almelo, Kansas. To this union, one son was born, Ronald A. Bennett. Richard and Martha moved often due to his work and finally made their home in rural Meriden, IA for the last 25 years of his life and were members of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, IA. Richard spent 49 years with Graves Construction as a bridge construction foreman and crane operator. Many bridges in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska, the Rathbun Dam in Appanoose County, IA as well as the Norton County Reservoir Dam in Kansas where he started with Graves, all stand as a tribute to his life's work. His family and work were his whole life. Richard loved the outdoors, fishing, and hunting, especially deer, both bow and shotgun. He had a very tender heart for small animals and a special place in his heart for cats, especially the furry friends he took in and cared for. On Thursday, February 2, 2012, Richard passed away unexpectedly in the comfort of his own home. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Richard (Vaughn) and Helen Bennett, a sister, Marian, a brother, Kenneth and brother-in-law, Howard Hughes. Richard is survived by his wife of 49 years, Martha Bennett of rural Meriden, IA; his son, Ronald Bennett of Sioux City, IA, a sister-in-law, Sharon Bennett, nieces, nephews, very special cousins, and friends. Memorial donations can be made in his name to the Cherokee Regional Medical Center Hospice.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Armand Bertrand
Ray Mullins Kenric Johnson Brad Bates John Bates Jason Dial Chancey Dial Honorary Bearers Harlan Crissy Norman Appleton Richard Kelly Scott Clayton Joe Conger
Visitation will begin at noon on Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Tuesday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Martha, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Richard. I remember so favorably the Sundays when the two of you would come to Melvin, so Richard could get his truck ready for the week, and you'd stop in & would would visit for awhile. I remember also the time that Robert & I surprised you by stopping in for a quick chit-chat at your place-we always felt so welcomed. Robert enjoyed working w/Richard, so now I guess the two are together talking about OLD times on the construction sites. You are in my thoughts, as I know this is a very hard time. Take care of yourself & remember all the memories. Lori Buse Hoffman”
- Lori L. Buse Hoffman
Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM
May peace wash over you and hope carry you through the days ahead.”
- Kevin & Jackie Felts
Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Martha and family,
It saddens us to hear of the sudden passing of Richard. We will fondly remember him and our many visits after church or by chance when we would run into you in Bomgaars or around town. Even though we never worked together we had so much in common.
Richard was a hard working man who gave the best that was in him to his job and family. Richard has crossed that final big bridge to heaven where he can rest in peace.
Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you today and always.
Dan and Charlotte Schueder
- Dan and Charlotte Schueder
Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
- Alvin F. Otter
Friday, February 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts are with you and Ron at this difficult time. Our friendship goes back many years even though we never had the pleasure of meeting in person. First "crazy CB nuts" and then email buddies from then on....along with many other friends on-line I am sure. Treasure all the good memories. With deepest sympathy. Rich will be missed!”
- Gail P. McCarthy
Friday, February 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“So sad to hear of cousin Richard's passing. I will miss all the thoughtful email communication. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Colleen Close Johnson
Friday, February 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Martha, What shock and surprise when I read about Richard's death in the Sioux City paper.
Please know that you have my deepest sympathy. All though I didn't get to see him that often any more I will always have fond memories. As you know he and I worked on a lot of projects together through the years. In my mind, Richard was truly a great employee and friend. He was a hard worker, took his job very seriously, and produced some excellent construction projects. May God comfort you now and in the future. May he rest in pease. If I were not in FL I would certainly attend the funeral and greet you in person. Tom Graves”
- Tom Graves
Friday, February 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to hear about Richard Death,
Martha.You and Ron have our deepest Sympathy. Know You are in our thoughts and prayers and our Love,”
- Sam & Alvera Long
Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers go out to the family. Richard was a very good friend to me and he will be deeply missed. May he rest in peace.”
- Roye Beene
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