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 John R “Dick” Bennett

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John R “Dick” Bennett

  • Birth 5 May 1939 Rocky Ford, Otero County, Colorado, USA
  • Death 28 Jan 2013 Aurora, Arapahoe County, Colorado, USA
  • Burial Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
  • Plot Section C1-A, Site C142
  • Memorial ID 104491260

[The following is an excerpt from an obituary at]

John R. (Dick) Bennett died Monday, January 28, 2013 at home in Aurora, Colorado surrounded by his family after a 9 month fight with pancreatic cancer. His is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judy as well as his eldest daughter, Stacy (David) Wren and youngest daughter, Dana (Scott) Weirich and three grandchildren, Sean and Becca Wren and Alex Weirich, his sister Donna Lou (Arlyn) Hanquist and his brother Jerre Bennett as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick was born on May 5, 1939 in Rocky Ford, Colorado. He attended Ottawa University in Kansas and received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loretto Heights College. He enlisted in the Army in 1966 and served in the Army Nurse Corps until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1988. Serving in the Army allowed him to travel extensively, which was an interest for him. He has visited 45 states and more than 30 countries. One of his favorite cities in the world was New York City and he shared a special bond with his granddaughter, Becca as this is her favorite city, as well. They have shared regular visits to "The City" that they loved.

One of Dick's lifelong passions was a love of pipe organs, and he heard many of the major organs of the world. His daughters Stacy and Dana remember the pilgrimages made to the big cathedrals of Europe, just to see and hear the pipe organs. He was especially fond of the organ at the First Baptist Church in Rocky Ford, where he was first exposed to the "king of instruments" and to the Roosevelt Organ at Trinity United Methodist Church, his church home when he died.

After retirement from the Army, Dick went on a medical mission trip with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to help the refugees of the Rwandan genocide in 1995. This was one of the most meaningful times of his life and he continued to be interested in the people of Rwanda. His experiences there have influenced his grandson, Sean to go into the medical field.

Dick also volunteered at Metro CareRing and served on the Board of Directors helping wherever he was needed, and was an usher at Trinity for many years.
Dick went to countless football, basketball, baseball and lacrosse games to watch his grandson, Alex play. He also enjoyed Alex's musical performances in the children's choir at Trinity. They shared countless, meaningful conversations as Dick often drove Alex to his music practice.


LT COL US Army - Vietnam

  • Created by: KLP
  • Added: 1 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 104491260
  • Stacy Wren
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John R “Dick” Bennett (5 May 1939–28 Jan 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 104491260, citing Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by KLP (contributor 47145558) .