William "Bill" R. Bennett

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bill Bennett, 82 of Cherokee, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 28 at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee. Rev. Ethan Sayler will officiate. Burial will be at Buena Vista Memorial Cemetery in Storm Lake. Visitation will be at the church beginning at 4 p.m. Friday. The family will be present at the church from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home of Cherokee is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.greenwoodfuneral.com

William Richard "Bill" Bennett, the son of Malcolm (Bill) and Hazel (Jimmerson) Bennett, was born in Storm Lake 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, and served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957. Bill then worked for the Dept. of Transportation in Des Moines until 1960. Bill and Joyce moved to Cherokee, where he worked as Cherokee County Engineer, and for the Iowa Dept. of Transportation until his retirement. The couple enjoyed spending their winters in Mesa, Arizona, where they have many friends.

Bill was an active member of Cherokee Memorial Presbyterian Churchm 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 he also liked to watch all sports on TV,especially the Cardinals. Bill 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 at the age of 82, surrounded by loving family members,on Sunday, September 22, 2013,at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. 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, Mark (Joan) Bennett of Carroll,Barb (Todd) Brockshus of Spencer and David (Jennifer) Bennett of Omaha; 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 four great-grandchildren: Kaleb Hagan, Sadie and Presley Shelton, and Camden Portel; his brother Bob (Colleen) Bennett of Austin, Minnesota, sister-in-law Janice (Al) Churchill of Longmont, Co;orado, brother-in-law Dick Ratliff of Ames; and several nieces and nephews, and many friends.