Harold R. Bennett 2011 - 1914 Ottawa
Funeral services for Harold R. Bennett, 96 of Ottawa, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in Ottawa, with Rev. Wayne Castle officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery in Ottawa.
Mr. Bennett died Friday, May 27, 2011, at the Wellsville Retirement Community, where he had resided for the past two years.
He was born Oct. 11, 1914 in Franklin County, the son of John W. and Katherine Vick Bennett. He attended Franklin County schools, graduating from Appanoose High School with the class of 1932. He went on to attend Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia.
Mr. Bennett was a rural school district teacher for three years prior to joining the Kansas Highway Patrol in 1939. He served for 35 years, patrolling in Independence, Pittsburg, Newton and Ottawa. He retired in September 1974 as a sergeant. He was a life member of the Peace Officers Association.
Following retirement Mr. Bennett was a real estate agent in the Ottawa community.
He was active in the First United Methodist Church. His greatest joys were being with family, drinking coffee with the coffee club, fishing and working outdoors.
He married Julia R. Hume on May 25, 1937, in Franklin County. They shared 74 years together. She survives of the home.
Additional survivors include his daughter, Sharon Kay Underwood, of Ottawa; two sisters, Lucille Ames of Cedar Hill, Texas, and Peg Viertel of Winter Haven, Fla.; a brother, Francis W. Bennett and wife Eloise, of Williamsburg; two grandchildren, Barb J. Wells and Kyle Underwood; and two great-grandchildren, Vaughn and Keira Julia Wells.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Gladys Devlin and Alice Kilgore, brother Raymond Brown, and brother-in-laws Herbert Viertel and Edward Ames.
Friends may call after 4 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home, 325 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, where the family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.
The family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Ottawa, sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.
Email condolence may be left for the Bennett family at www.Lamb-Roberts.com.