NEPONSET — Lee Bennett, 70, of Neponset died at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at his home.
He was born Sept. 16, 1943, in Kewanee, the son of Howard S. and M. Jane (Stetson) Bennett. He married Vicki A. Fueri on Sept. 22, 1968, in Neponset. She survives, as do a son, Matthew L. (Kris) Bennett of Neponset; a daughter, Cathleen A. (Paul) Rashid of Neponset; two brothers, John H. (Dianne) Bennett and Bob L. (Connie) Bennett, both of Neponset; a sister, M. Sue Norton of Neponset; and six grandchildren, Cody, Cole and Hope Bennett, and Rachel, Ty and Zeb Rashid.
Lee graduated from Neponset High School in 1962. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and had received the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was an avid farmer and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kewanee, the Neponset American Legion and a member of the Neponset Grain Elevator Board. He was also a volunteer for the Neponset Fire Department. He enjoyed watching wildlife and scouring the countryside on his 4-wheeler or in his truck.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ann Jacobs.
Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with the Rev. Dr. Dale Dykstra officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the Neponset American Legion. Cremation will be accorded following the services and inurnment will be held in West Neponset Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Neponset Fire Department, First Presbyterian Church in Kewanee or to the Neponset Historical Society.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.