Richard Warner Bennett, 72, completed his earthly work and entered eternal life with his Savior on Oct. 27, 2010. Richard was born in Des Plaines, Ill. to Richard and Evelyn (Gash) Bennett on Oct. 8, 1938. He was a man of integrity and character that lived his life to a code of conduct of perseverance, admirable work ethic and a devotion to his convictions. He was a husband, father, grandfather, journeyman and friend. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, reloading and teaching his children and grandchildren lessons to enrich their lives. He was proud of his service to the US Navy, the local electricians' union and most proud of his family's accomplishments. On his 17th birthday, he joined the Navy and served from Oct. 8, 1955 to Aug. 1959, from seaman recruit to Electrician's Mate Petty Officer Second Class. He served aboard the USS Newport News CA 148. Richard married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth 'Betty Ann' Wind, Jan. 10, 1959. Their marriage was blessed with six children, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren (thus far). Memberships include NRA, Knights of Columbus and IBEW Local # 12. Preceded in death by his parents and former wife, Betty Ann (Bennett) McFarlane. Survived by his children, Catherine Ann Standridge, Richard Jr. (Dianne), Michael (Michelle), Jason (Becky), Brian, and Betsy (Duane) Fink; grandchildren, Tim VanPelt, Christina (Brian) Mosley, Britany, Joshua, Chris and Jacob Bennett, Ryann (Aaron) Wadlington, Zach, Amanda and Joey Bennett, Elizabeth, Autumn, Justin and Riley Fink; and great-grandchildren, Lacey Bennett, Nathan and Colin Mosley. Rosary, 7 p.m. Tuesday and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday. Both services at Shrine of St. Therese, 300 Goodnight Ave. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Richard will be sadly missed, however, his lessons will live on. Online condolences,

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  1. Dear Family of Richard W. Bennett:

    We were very saddened to hear of the passing of Richard. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I often think back to the times we shared on Scotland Road, and I happily recall how much fun all of our families had. Later, when I got married, I was pleasantly surprised to see that your father (and Betsy) had made the trip to Crestone, CO to help celebrate my wedding. That meant a lot to me. Now, when I look at my wedding photos and see Richard in the background, I will continue to think fondly of him.

  2. Betsy Brian Cathy Michael Jason and Richard and Families: I was your Mother’s friend. We taught school together at Assumption 1968>69. I still miss her and remember clear back to when Betsy was just learning to crawl.I am sorry to hear of the passing of your Father. Please accept my Sympathies. It is very difficult when we lose our parents. Take care and God Bless. arol ordon

  3. Betty & family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Richard’s death. This is the time when family comes together to share the good memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  4. Michael and family. My deepest condolences to you all during this difficult time. May God comfort you now and always.

    Elsie Butero

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