Roger Keith Bennett

February 9, 1940April 14, 2018

Roger Keith Bennett, 78, of Rochester Hills, passed away Saturday April 14, 2018.

Roger is survived by his loving wife Dorothy; children Scott (Vivian) and Chris (Tracy) Bennett; grandchild Andrew Bennett; siblings Fred (Judy) and Tim Bennett; sister-in-law Kathleen and Christine Petras and Janice Nierzwick; nieces Melissa Zabritski (Brian) and Amanda Moon (Chris); nephews Steve, Dave, Buzz and niece Barbara Jo; nephews Alec and Corey Nierzwick; great-nephew Owen and great-nieces Becca, Isabella and Alessandra. Roger was predeceased by his parents Jay and Alice (Hames) Bennett and his brother Jay Bennett.

Roger was born the son of Jay and Alice Bennett in Wheaton, Illinois on February 9, 1940. He graduated from Wheaton High School and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from North Central College and MBA from Roosevelt University. He married Dorothy Petras on March 1st, 1989 in Aspen Colorado. Roger worked for at various occupations and businesses including as a systems analyst and labor relations specialist for the US Postal Service.

Roger loved books, movies, travel, and watching the Chicago Cubs and talking to Bruce Dinsmor.

Roger’s family will hold a service in Scottsdale Arizona at a later date.


  • Service to be held in Scottsdale Arizona at a later date.

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Scott Bennett

April 19, 2018

Life with pop was never dull. You challenged me as I was growing up to become the man I am today. Last year on the Bennett retreat you challenged my son, Andy, in the same way and he met your challenge. It made me smile knowing how much you cared.

Life with pop was always complicated. As he aged. He mellowed and his restless spirit calmed somewhat. I'll always remember the summer holidays with pop holding a cigarette in one hand and a scotch in the other followed by a big steak and his favorite baked beans and banana cream pie.

I'll miss our weekly conversations on politics, the state of affairs in Illinois and my upcoming retirement. Always counting down my weeks when I could leave work behind.

The Bennett men have a reputation for being a little hard headed. Pops would always listen intently to my recommendations and then do exactly what he wanted. Always a spur of the moment kind of guy. I'd just shake my head and think, that was pop.

Thank you making me laugh and stepping up during some difficult periods in my life. I'll miss you. Rest peacefully.