Raymon J. Bennett, 77, of rural Ticonic, Iowa passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his family.
A private family service will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.
Raymon J. Bennett was born February 8, 1943 in Sioux City, Iowa the son of Duane G. and Laura Genevieve (Gambs) Bennett. He attended and graduated from Westwood High School. During high school summers he worked for the highway road construction equipment. He also drove semi tractors, and hauling equipment. Raymon had traveled to Oregon for one year climbing mountains and planting trees for Federal Bureau of land management sub-contractor.
Upon returning from Oregon in 1963 he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam Era. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. at Rank of Sgt E-5. Upon discharge Raymon entered college at Marshalltown Community College, Marshalltown, Iowa for one year. He then attended Western Iowa Tech Community College for one year. He was employed by the Hoffman Agency for several years as an agent and managed a small agency as well.
In 1972 he joined the Monona County Sherriff’s Department for eight years. He served in several sections in the department. He 1st reorganized Civil Legal Department and later served as a field deputy. He owned and managed several rental properties in Sioux City for 30 years. In 1978 he took over the family farm and did dozer dirt work for the neighbors near Smithland, Iowa. Raymon farmed for 20 years. During this time, he was also a partner in a “Petro Tech” Company in Des. Moines, Iowa for 6 years. “Petro Tech” was the distributor of BG Petroleum for North West Iowa.
In 1998 he met Jolene Marie Wood of Ticonic, Iowa. They were married September 3, 1999 in Smithland, Iowa. They lived on an acreage near Ticonic, Iowa until his passing. In 1998 he retired from farming. During his retirement he drove 18-wheeler for Selective Pet Food in Sioux City, Iowa and later for Mile High Transport of Denver, Colorado traveling into Minnesota hauling pork by products out of Hormel in Austin, Minnesota to a Sioux City, Iowa plant. He retired the 2nd time October 2013 at 71 years old. During his 2nd retirement he remodeled much of their house and garage and out buildings on their acreage. Later he raised sweet corn and sold it. He also kept up on repair projects as well.
He enjoyed the outdoor activities with his kids. They camped, road motorcycles, 4 wheelers, and old Army Jeeps. In the early years with the kids they spent a great deal of time on the farm, riding trails and cutting wood and hunting.
In later years Ray and Jolene loved traveling in many states as well over 12 countries abroad. They both enjoyed their children, grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Ray and Jolene loved to shop in Omaha, Sioux City, and Des Moines. Garage Sales were a real treat for Ray.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Jolene Bennett of rural Ticonic, Iowa; his children, Julie (John) Carroll of Smithland, Iowa, Blacey (Wendi) Bennett of Pierce, Nebraska, and Bradley (Joni) Bennett of Aurelia, Iowa; step-daughters, Amanda (Chad) Small of Sloan, Iowa and Nicole (Tony) Sartori of Des Moines, Iowa; fourteen grandchildren, Ethan, Emilee, Seth, Grace, Keenan, Casen, Kinley, Samuel, Anna, Rocco, Ruby, Dawson, Dylan, and Drew; three great-grandchildren, Emmett, Luella, and Marlee; his sister, Janice Bennett of Neola, Iowa; many cousins, nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Duane and Genevieve Bennett; brother, Richard Bennett and sister, Carolyn Davis.
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