OBITUARY

Gary Lee Bennett

April 20, 1950December 29, 2020

On Tuesday December 29, 2020, Gary Lee Bennett loving husband, father and grandfather passed away at the age of 70. Gary was born in Toppenish, Washington on April 20, 1950 to Farley and Virginia Bennett. He was raised in Wapato and graduated from high school in 1968. After high school, he joined the Navy and served on the USS Gunston Hall during the Vietnam War where he received a National Defense Service Metal and a Bronze Star. Gary was honorably discharged from the Navy in April of 1974. After his military service, he began working at Logans Feed & Seed. During that time, he was also a volunteer Firefighter and EMT for Wapato District 5 fire department. Gary participated in competitions with the fire department and was a part of teams that won state titles. In 1987, he began working for the WSDA and continued his career with them until 2008 when he retired after 20 years of service. He met his wife Karen when they were children but she reentered his life in February of 1981. They were married in July of that same year. Gary enjoyed camping especially at Fort Stevens on the Oregon coast, playing with his grandchildren and watching old westerns. He was also a proud member of the American Legion for 51 years. He is survived by his wife Karen of nearly 40 years, daughter Kayla and fiancé Christopher, daughter Misty and her husband Kyle, grandchildren Riley, Maddison, Ella and Brooks. He is preceded in death by his mother, father and sister. A celebration of life will be held in July of 2021. A special thank you to the West Valley Fire Department, ALS and emergency room personal for the special care they gave Gary.

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Mike Alvarado

January 15, 2021

I write this note to let you know that l am thinking of you at this time. Gary really made a difference in my life,as he was a very dear friend of mine.As well as his parents in many ways We have a great time in school Gary was a great guy I will miss him. My deepest condolences to you. Mike Alvarado

Susan Worthington (Schibig)

January 10, 2021

Karen,
Sean sent me the link to Gary’s obituary this morning (I now live in Boise), and I was stunned and saddened to read this. I have many fond memories of time with you two, the girls, the pigs.... ha! A time long ago.....
Please accept my sincerest sympathy for your loss. You’re all in my prayers.
~Susan

Ken Bennett

December 31, 2020

Ron called to let us know. We share your sorrow. We know he has left you and the girls with a sense of overwhelming loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May his love for you help to warm your hearts. With our deepest sympathy.
Kenny & Karen

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