In Memory of

William R. Bennett

August 12, 1931 - September 22, 2013
William Richard "Bill" Bennett, the son of Malcolm (Bill) and Hazel (Jimmerson) Bennett, was born in Storm Lake, IA on August 12, 1931. He graduated from Storm Lake High School and went on to graduate from Iowa State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He married Joyce Ratliff on December 27, 1953 in Ames, IA. He served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957. He then worked for the Dept. of Transportation in Des Moines, IA until 1960. Bill and Joyce moved to Cherokee, IA where he worked as Cherokee County Engineer and for the Iowa Dept. of Transportation until his retirement. They enjoyed spending their winters in Mesa, AZ where they have many friends. Bill was an active member of Cherokee Memorial Presbyterian Church serving as an Elder and on the Board of Trustees. He was also a member of Cherokee Lions Club for many years. He enjoyed first, his family and grandchildren. He was an avid bridge player, and reader, and liked to watch all sports on TV (especially the Cardinals). He enjoyed playing golf and loved fishing with friends and family. His garden, where he spent many hours, was his pride and joy. ` Bill passed away, surrounded by loving family members, on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA. He was 82. He was preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm (Bill) and Hazel Bennett; mother-in-law and father-in-law; Joy and Vera Ratliff; son-in-law, Bob Terpstra; three brothers-in-law, Jerry Thompson, Bob Ratliff and Allen Ratliff; and nephew Ricky Ratliff. He is survived by his wife Joyce; their children: Mary (Orrin) Erickson of Brookings, SD, Karen Terpstra of Ames, IA, Mark (Joan) Bennett of Carroll, IA, Barb (Todd) Brockshus of Spencer, IA, and David (Jennifer) Bennett of Omaha, NE; his 14 grandchildren: Jason (Les) Hagan, Stacy and April Erickson, Aslynn (Michael) Portel, Rachel (Ryan) Betts, Cindy (Bryan) Shelton, Kyle Bennett, David, Aaron, Hannah and Isaac Brockshus, Emily, Ethan and Matthew Bennett; his 4 great-grandchildren: Kaleb Hagan, Sadie and Presley Shelton, and Camden Portel; his brother Bob (Colleen) Bennett of Austin, MN, sister-in-law Janice (Al) Churchill of Longmont, CO, brother-in-law Dick Ratliff of Ames, IA; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Services for Bill will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 28 at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Willow St., in Cherokee.
Pastor Ethan Sayler
Jason Hagan Kyle Bennett David Brockshus Aaron Brockshus Isaac Brockshus Ethan Bennett Matthew Bennett
Visitation will be AT THE CHURCH beginning at 4:00 p.m. Friday, September 27. The family will be present from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m.
By David Bennett "I Believe There Are Angels" "How Great Thou Art" "Just a Closer Walk With Thee"
Buena Vista Memorial Cemetery ~ Storm Lake, Iowa


Monday, April 9, 2018 at 4:37 PM
“My sincere condolences for your loss of "Bill". He was my school hero of sorts @ Storm Lake Jr High School. Even then, his character was shining. I have meant to try and mail him recently and just learned today, 04/06/2018 of his passing. Heaven is the greater for him.
- Fred William Meyer
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I worked with Bill when he was with Bigelow, Waller, & Associates. I also continued to work with him periodically when he was with Cherokee County and also the Iowa DOT. I learned many things from Bill both personally and professionally. He was a great man and I was privileged to have worked with him and known him. He will be missed.”
- Thomas L. Reis
Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Mary, Karen ,Mark, Barbara and David:
We are so sad reading that your Dad was called home so soon. We are the Andersons who once lived at 910 Hill Street across the alley. Please accept our sincere condolences at this sad time. May God keep your Mom, you and all of your families in the palm of his hand until we meet again.
- The Anderson Girls
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Mark and Family, Thinking of you during this time of loss. Loosing a family member is never easy. Hake care, Bruce Immele”
- Bruce immele
Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“My dear Joyce, how saddened I am to learn of your loss. You have always held a very special place in this ol' heart of mine. I am lifting you up and want you to holdfast to your decades of memories. You are loved.”
- Tricia Vredenburg
Friday, September 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family. Always enjoyed spending time with Bill when we were both at Orrin and Mary's. May his great memory strengthen you during your sorrow. Vern & Yan”
- Vern C. Erickson
Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“My prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your father. May you feel God's arms around you in the coming days.
- Sarah Weeks
Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Our sincere sympathy to the Bennett family. On my drive to work it gave me time to reflect and realize Bill will always be with us as what we love, we become. And then wondering if that phrase had ever been used I found this Prayer from St. Clare of Assisi .... 'We become what we love, and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a liberal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God's compassionate love for others.' - St. Clare of Assisi”
- Ricky & Michelle Fisher
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Joyce and family, Our deepest thoughts go out to you at this difficult time. Our prayers are with you. Bill was a very fun loving guy, and may you be blessed with many memories of him. He will be missed. Love,”
- Jeff and Lisa Buchan
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Joyce and family, Our deepest thoughts go out to you at this difficult time. Our prayers are with you. Bill was a very fun loving guy, and may you be blessed with many memories of him. He will be missed,but is in the loving hands of our Lord. Love,”
- Jeff and Lisa Buchan
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Our sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family. Mace and Jerry Raven”
- Mace Raven
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Thinking of you, Joyce, and family and sending you my condolences. So difficult to lose your life-long partner.”
- Charis G Peterson
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Dearest Joyce and your whole family, I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. It was a pleasure to know him and his fun, loving manners. May all your memories be treasures to you now and in the days to come. Yes, he is at peace in Heaven with our Father and the joys that are there. May God's peace be with you and give you all comfort. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Dave and Brenda (Terpstra) Brown”
- Brenda K Brown
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Our sincere sympathy to you good neighbor Joyce and family. Helen Steiner Rice once wrote " Time is not measured by the years that you live, but by the deeds that you do and the joy that you give." Bill was a good deed doer with a cheerful greeting and a story to tell. A neighbor who tended the garden like an active Captain of a ship. His hat fit him well. Thank you for sharing your spirit of life with us. Your neighbors on
W Bluff and neighbors in the church. ”
- Loren & Sharon Godfrey
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Joyce and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your time of sorrow. May the wonderful memories that you have of Bill comfort you in the days ahead. God bless you.
Dana ”
- Dana (File) Kies
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