Donald E. Bennett Sr., 84, of WaKeeney, father and father-in-law of Donald E. Jr. and Diane Bennett of Valley Center, died Sept. 28, 2004. He was the owner and operator of El-Tre-Go Water Boy Enterprises. Service was Oct. 1 at First United Methodist Church, WaKeeney, with Rev. Randy Jellison-Knock. Burial was at Kansas Veterans Cemetery, WaKeeney, with military rites by the U.S. Marine Corps.
He was born June 16, 1920, on the homestead in Tribune, the son of Phillip Bennett and Olive Myrtle Lease. He attended schools in Tribune. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He married Fern Koestel on July 7, 1944, in San Diego, Calif. She survives. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Randall Reid VFW Post #3449 and the American Legion Moore Post #197, all in WaKeeney. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, George Bennett and Kelly Bennett; and a sister, Daisy Lowry.
Other survivors include his son, David L. Bennett of Mulvane; daughter; Linda L. Jones of Colby; sister, Betty Lee Santana of Inverness, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials have been established with the church or with the donor’s choice, in care of Schmitt Funeral Home, 336 N. 12th, WaKeeney 67672.