Jacob Henry Bennett, son of Jacob and Delia Miller Bennett, was born June 30, 1868 in Harrisburg township, Van Buren Co., Iowa, and died at his home in Farmington, Iowa, at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1954, aged 85 years, 6 months, and 14 days. He was the last one of a family of nine children.
On Oct. 27, 1889, he was united in marriage with Etna Roberts. They went to Medford, Oregon, remaining a year, then returned to live on a farm in Harrisburg township until 1906, when they moved to Bonaparte, where Mrs. Bennett passed away Feb. 22, 1936.
To this union were born two children, Howard H. Bennett of Keokuk and Mrs. Lulu Pfeifer of Bonaparte.
On Nov. 4, 1945 he was united in marriage with Mrs. Stella Woods and they made their home in Farmington.
Left to mourn their loss are Mrs. Bennett; his two children; six grand children, Robert, Alan, and Dennis Bennett, Scott and Gene Pfeifer and Mrs. Ruth Kennedy; three great grand-children, Cassandra Bennett and Karl and Karen Kennedy; a number of nieces and nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, four brothers, his first wife, and a grandson.
While a young man he joined the Harrisburg Baptist Church.
For many years, in addition to their farm work, he and a brother-in-law operated an old-time thresting [threshing] machine and a woodsaw. Mr. Bennett was also a skilled carpenter and made many pieces of beautiful furniture.
He was always willing to help those in need and his kindness and thoughtfulness of others endeared him to relatives and friends alike.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bonaparte Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Beltz officiating. Music was by Mr. and Mrs. Keith Gaston. Bearers were James Smith, Robert Winslow, Keith Fletcher, Arthur McCracken, Ralph Schrepfer and Douglas Hamlin. Burial was in Bonaparte cemetery.
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