OBITUARY

Robert Stanley "Stan" Bennett

July 15, 1940July 19, 2021
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MARQUETTE HEIGHTS ~ Robert Stanley “Stan” Bennett, 81, of Marquette Heights, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 19, 2021 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Born July 15, 1940 in Peoria to Edward E. and Roberta J. (Wotton) Bennett, he married Mary M. DeFord on September 8, 1962 in Peoria. She died October 5, 2007 in East Peoria. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one infant brother, Joseph Bennett and one sister, Donna Matheny.

Surviving are two daughters, Amanda (Dave) Smith of Marquette Heights and Patty (Mike) Vonderheide of Tremont; four grandsons, Nolan (Sarah) Smith of Peoria Heights, Corey (Diana) Smith of Jacksonville, Florida, Jared (Katie) Smith of Rochelle and Brian (Sarah) Vonderheide of Tremont; five great-grandchildren, Amelia Vonderheide, Zion, Eden, River and Aiden Smith; one sister, Naomi R. Smith of Pekin and Victor F. Bennett of Finley, Minnesota.

Stan was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1958 to 1961. He participated in the Greater Peoria Honor Flight in 2017.

He had worked at Caterpillar, Inc. in East Peoria for 30 years, retiring in 1996 and was a member of the UAW Local 974 in East Peoria. He and his wife, Mary owned and operated Bennett’s Western Wear in Creve Coeur from 1984 until its closing.

Stan loved traveling, hunting, fishing and woodworking. He also enjoyed square dancing and was a former member of Pekin Circle 8 Club.

He was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, where he was past president of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. He was also a former member of the Knights of Columbus, Archbishop Schlarman Council #3507 in Pekin.

His funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 23, 2021 at Preston-Haney Funeral Homes& Crematory in Pekin. Father Michael Andrejek will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin. Military rites will be provided by the United States Navy and Tazewell Military Rites Team.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, 620 St. Joseph Place, Pekin, Illinois 61554 or Mark Linder’s Walk for the Mind, P.O. Box 5522, Peoria, Illinois 61601.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 23, 2021

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Jackie Bennett

July 21, 2021

Love all the photos that bring back many special memories of camping, drinking, walking like drunken sailors, playing crazy poker games, and just sitting around the fire in some random campground. Though I have been an absent sister-in-law for the last few years I will always remember and miss the crazy Friday night poker games and camping trips, but Stan is once again with Mary and I am sure he will be a guardian angela to all his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. Loved you to the Moon and Back.

CARL POWELL

July 21, 2021

STAN WAS VERY GOOD MAN AND DID MANY GREAT THNGS FOR OTHERS. HE WORKED VERY HARD AT ST. VINCENT DE-PAUL AND THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS.

STAN WAS ALWAYS THERE WHEN YOU NEEDED HIM. HE WILL MISSED ALOT.

OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY AS WELL AS STAN.

Rusty Belville

July 21, 2021

Stan was my good friend at caterpillar for many years. We also liked to go fishing together. I really enjoyed taking Mary’s rum cake out of Stan’s lunch bucket. My thoughts and prayers are with Stanley’s family.

Clayton and Mary Bontz

July 20, 2021

Stan and Mary were square dance friends. Lots of good times. Our sympathy to the family.

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2 year old Stan

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2 year old Stan

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Dad in Navy