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09/17/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Charles Bennett

Charles Edward Bennett
(27 Sept 1924 - 15 Sept 2015)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   I am very saddened to report this news today.
Charles Bennett, father of     my #1 daughter-in-law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL, and father-in-law of         my #1 son, Lewis Harty (Hillsboro HS, MO / Hillsboro HS, IL - '89) of IL, passed away at the Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Hillsboro, Illinois on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, just nine days before his 91 birthday.

   Charles was an amazing man, a decorated veteran of WWII, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge among many others.

   His wife,   Dee Hill Bennett, preceded him in death in April.

From the (IL) Journal-News - 09/16/15:   

                   Charles Edward Bennett


HILLSBORO, ILLINOIS - Charles Edward Bennett, 90, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 15, 2015, at Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

Graveside services will be held Monday, Sept. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Wood-Davis Cemetery in Bunker Hill with President Lon Bruce of the Litchfield Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officiating. Friends and family may meet at Litchfield Family Funeral Service at 9:15 a.m. to proceed to the cemetery.

Mr. Bennett was born in Kampsville, Calhoun County on Sept. 27, 1924, the son of the late Clarence Edward and Ethel Nora (Hicks) Bennett. He married Dolores May Hill on Nov. 18, 1961, in Edwardsville, and she preceded him in death on April 22, 2015.

His mother passed away when he was four years old and he was raised by his Grandma Martha Ann (Jockins) Bennett. As a young man he enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading comic books and listening to the radio.



As a young adult Mr. Bennett served in the Army’s 75th Division, 290th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, and Company B as a heavy machine gunner. He marched for over a year through Normandy, France and Germany without spending a single night indoors.

After the war he served with an Army unit detailed to assist in the cleanup at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Other occupations included a river man on the Illinois River barges, crane operator. and prison guard with the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Mr. Bennett is survived by eight children, James E. (wife Pam) Bennett and Kenneth W. (wife Susan) Bennett, both of Carlinville, Nora (husband Charles) Beadle of Litchfield, DeeDee (husband Daniel) Forward of Provo, UT, Charles R. Bennett of East Alton, Clinton J. Bennett of Glenford, OH, Bonnie (husband Adam) Herrera of West Boylston, MA, and Mary (husband Lewis) Harty of Collinsville; 21 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Published in the (IL) Journal-News on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Charles' large family and many friends at this time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 – 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04 

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Hillsboro (MO) High School's Hawks logo courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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