Paul Bennett
  • May be given in Paul's name.
  • May be given in Paul's name.

Pause Home and Hearth by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. I have many memories of your Dad. One, being told that "we did not have to...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Judy (Bennett) Cink - Sioux Falls, SD

“My thoughts are with all of you at this time of loss. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: kathy jo bissell

“Dear Bennett family, We were saddened to hear of your great loss. I remember your dad as a gentle and kind man. It is hard to say good-bye,...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Kim Nelson Bihrer - Orange City, IA

“The family of James Shawler wish to express our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Paul was a good neighbor and friend all those...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Lynette Kraus - Wales, WI

“I have memories of Uncle Paul just shaking his head when we tried to play and cuddle with piglets one time. I was so surprised that they were bristly...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Chris Benett Cook - Arlington, TX

“Our deepest sympathies. A time comes when the lines of life are cast off and our ship is set upon the waters. A journey is made to the distant...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Brian Bennett

“My deepest sympathy. It's been a tough year or so. All my love to you. Tim ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Tim Bennett & family - Omaha, NE


Friends and Family are invited to celebrate the life of long time Taylor County resident Paul George Bennett. He passed away a week after his 85th birthday at his apartment in Coon Rapids, Iowa where he moved just over a year ago to be near his youngest daughter. Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 26,2011 at 10:30 AM at the Lenox United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Tuesday at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to7. Burial will be at the East Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations go to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association, or Heifer International. Memories may be shared at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Paul was born Jan. 14, 1926 on the family farm five miles southeast of Lenox, the youngest child of David A. and Bessie (Baker) Bennett. His legacy is his integrity as a man, a strong faith in God, a dedication to family, the enduring love for his wife and his unfailing willingness to help out someone in need.

He was confirmed at the little country Calvary Church a couple miles from the family farm. He walked less than two miles to the one room country school house for elementary school. Paul played football and was in the band before graduated from Clearfield High School in 1943. Although he would have followed both his brothers into WW II, he only made it to an intake site in Kansas City before being encouraged to return to the farm.

He met the love of his life, Miss Rosa May Rowe at a church youth gathering held at Simpson College in Indianola. Though the war effort’s gas and rubber rationing made traveling to her home near Glenwood challenging, he courted her and they were wed by her uncle, who was then a Methodist pastor in Afton on June 2, 1947. After returning from the war, his brother Art had urged him to come to Iowa State College with him, but he was in love and starting out his marriage. Paul’s folks had moved into Lenox, so Rosa rescued him from “bachelor cooking” and they proceeded to raise a family on the quarter section family farm. Their union was blessed with 54 years of love. He missed Rosa terribly these last 9 years, he could no longer discuss things with her and bring her wildflower bouquets. Paul and Rosa lived 35 years in the house he was born, making many improvements on the farm; another 24 years in the farm neighborhood. After mom passed, Frank helped him move into Lenox where lived 4 years in town, before Karen had him move near her in Coon Rapids, as he was no longer driving.

Paul was a hard working farmer, a “steward” of the land and his cows, pigs, chickens, of which he took good care. He liked the cows best, having a milk cow, favorite calf, and small herd of heifers (selling off the steers) for many years. He worked the Bennett farm where he was born, then rented land, and also doing ‘custom’ combining and hay bailing for other farmers. At the urging of a friend, he crop farmed some leased acres in Oklahoma for a few years. He continued with a small rented field the “custom” work into his 82nd year, in spite of significant arthritis. Paul sometimes referred to himself as “shade-tree mechanic” or “jack-of-all-trades” as he worked on his own farm equipment, improved the buildings, and helped build the ramp at church and such. He had a knack for figuring out how to make things work. Although he was never boastful, he once said he had his name on a couple of machinery related patents. Like many farmers with families to support, there were years he took on other ‘winter work’ such as working at Bennett & Sons Machinery (owned by his father and brother), driving a milk truck, and working at Totes- all in or near Lenox.

His philosophy statement could have been articulated by “work long and hard, keep pushing onward, pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, don't complain, mind your manners, love guide and celebrate your family, and try to be kind and helpful to others, stop once in a while to appreciate nature and look at the stars”. His hobbies included reading and visiting with relatives. He enjoyed western or mystery novels, stayed up on many farm related issues, science/invention magazines, and had a curiosity about the world. There were a few years that he and Rosa went square dancing, and after he moved to town he enjoyed the potluck with the community dance. He always thought he’d like to travel. When the family was young, daily animal chores kept the ‘family vacation’ to a big day trip to the Iowa State Fair. Before the kids left home, there was one family trip to the Black Hills and the Badlands. In later years, Pauline and Frank got him to come to California, Alaska and Mexico. He was always impressed by the Pacific Ocean and the Mountains, having lived his life on the plains. He sometimes wished he’d found a way to put a little more time in to maintaining friendships with some of his farm and church friends. In later years, he did go to the feed store for a cup of coffee where he loved to swap stories and hear what the other guys were up to. He had a way of slapping his leg and giving a guffaw when something tickled him.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, David and Bessie Bennett,; his brothers Roy and Arthur Bennett, and his sister Alice (Bennett) Siverly; sister-in-law Alice Rowe Springer; his loving wife Rosa; and by an infant daughter, Floreta.

Loving survivors are son Dave Bennett of Lenox/Brooks, IA; daughter Pauline Bennett-Gannon (Brian) of Fairbanks, AK; son Frank Bennett of Barstow, CA; and daughter Karen

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