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WILLIAMSPORT, Ind. - Richard "Tony" A. Bennett, 79, of Williamsport and formerly of Cayuga, Ind., passed away at 11 a.m. EST Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at his residence.
He was born March 19, 1938, in Cayuga, Ind., the son of the late Jesse Adam and Olive Bernice (Jewell) Bennett.
Tony married Sharon A. Lyons on July 30, 1983, in Danville, Ill. She survives.
Other survivors include his stepson, Barry (Paula) Lyons of Covington, Ind.; stepdaughter, Becky Beddow of Catlin, Ill.; four grandchildren, Ashlie (Jason) Grissom, Becky (Michael) Dinsmore, Cody Lyons and Dalton Beddow; four great-grandsons, David Eli Grissom, August Lee Grissom, Oliver Jameson Grissom and Shawn Ross Dinsmore; one sister, Phyllis (Ferman "Pete") Smith of Arlington, Texas; three brothers, Charles "Fred" (Dorothy) Bennett of Oakwood, Ill., Jack (Sue) Bennett of Cayuga, Ind., Mike (Linda) Bennett of Eugene, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
Tony was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Jo Bennett and Mary Ann Van Sant; two brothers, Thomas Jewell and David Bennett; sister-in-law, Nila Bennett; and brother-in-law, Karl Van Sant.
Tony was a maintenance supervisor at Inland Container in Newport, Ind., retiring in April 1998. After his retirement, Tony started TB Design in Williamsport.
He was a member of the Covington First Church of Christ and a former member of the Vermilion County (Illinois) R.C. Club. Tony was a 1956 graduate of Cayuga High School and a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving four years.
He formerly owned and operated the ESP-TV shop in Cayuga. Tony enjoyed building/flying his R.C. aircraft, woodworking (making furniture) and western swing dancing.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. EST Saturday, January 20, at Covington First Church of Christ, 615 5th St. Officiating: Mike Harshman. Burial with military honors, Lower Mound Cemetery north of Perrysville, Ind. Visitation: 5-8 p.m. EST Friday, January 19, at the church and one hour prior to services Saturday.
Contributions may be made to Covington First Church of Christ, 615 5th St., Covington, IN 47932, or to Hanging Rock Christian Camp, P.O. Box 218, West Lebanon, IN 47991. DeVerter Funeral Home in Cayuga, Ind., is in charge of arrangements. Condolences: www.deverterfuneralhome.com
Published on January 17, 2018
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