American Patriotic 10

Bill W. Bennett

May 26, 1934 ~ July 4, 2020 (age 86)


Bill died peacefully in his sleep on July fourth, 2020. Ironically, he had enlisted in the Navy on July 3, 1950. It seemed so fitting for him to have that send off! He was always proud of his military service, though he rarely spoke of it.

He was a devoted and loving father, husband, and friend. He loved life and loved his family. He could strike up a conversation with anyone. His only ‘communication’ issue was with ‘Siri’ on his tablet. During one exchange with ‘Siri’, he was asking questions she wasn’t programmed to answer and arguing with her. She finally told him he was ‘rude’, and shut herself off. The conversation script for a comedy routine.

He had a rough start in life, the youngest of 5 children. His mother had been brought west on ‘The Orphan Train’ at the age of three. At the ripe ol’ age of 15, Bill found himself in Korea defending his country.

Despite all this, Bill loved to laugh, treasured his family, and considered everyone he met a friend. His quick wit was wonderful. He retired as a sales engineer (and an assistant crafter). He could sell ice cream to an Eskimo. In craft shows, he was a favorite. Ladies would attend yearly to see Bill and granddaughter Kalah selling soup.

He would light up in the presence of his daughter Chrystal, his grandkids, and great grandbabies, whom he had the joy of meeting before his life ended. He loved to sit and make faces with Kamryn, his great granddaughter. His relationship with grandson Jamie was deep and so very special.

Bill was a trickster, a joker, a warm and loving man, a devoted, patient husband and friend. He was God’s gift to me when I didn’t know I needed one. We grieve because he is gone, but rejoice that his pain and suffering has ended.

God saw him getting tired,
A cure not meant to be.
So He wrapped his arms around him,
and whispered, “Come with Me”.

-Author Unknown

Memorial Donations are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256

A celebration of Bill's life will be held at a later date.

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Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256
Tel: 1-877-832-6997

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