The funeral service for Ellsworth "Benny" Bennett of Albert Lea, MN will be at 11:00 AM Thursday, January 10, 2008 at First Lutheran Church, Albert Lea, MN. Pastor John Holt will officiate. Interment will be in the Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Wednesday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea, and one hour before service at the church.
Benny died Monday, January 7, 2008 at St. John's Lutheran Home, Albert Lea. He was 83 years old.
Ellsworth (Benny) Bennett was born January 23, 1924 in Albert Lea, the son of William and Martha (Vangen) Bennett. He graduated from Albert Lea in 1943 as a Representative Student. His high school years in sports were shortened because of a car accident and several surgeries.
On April 18, 1953 he was united in marriage to Delores (Dee) Hendrickson at Good Shepard Church in Wells, MN.
He worked for Wilson & Co., and Farmstead for 45 years until he retired in 1989, he was a hog buyer for Wilsons in Albert Lea, MN, Jackson, MN, Livermore, IA.
He was a Boy Scout Master for many years, in Iowa and Minnesota, Lions Club President, golf instructor for Community Education, Green Lea Golf Course and private lessons. Chairman many years for the Pork Chop Golf Tournament. He was an avid golfer and won many golf tournaments in Minnesota and Iowa, including the Short Stop in Albert Lea 3 times.
Grandpa Benny loved playing golf, table games and ping pong with his family and grandchildren. He made many Barn Clocks for people from wood on their farms.
Benny is survived by his wife Delores (Dee); children: Jeff (Traci) Bennett, Mark Bennett and special friend, Fran Hedum; grandchildren: Justin Bennett, Matt Bennett, Heather Raatz, Kayla Thompson, Cody Bennett; one sister Wilma (John) Ditlevson; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bennett, Kathy Bennett, Myrna (Donald) Schulz; brother-in-law Hilbert Voigt.
Benny was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Harry, Walter and Merrill Bennett; 3 sisters, Myrtle, Phyllis and Deloris Kelly; sisters-in-law, Mary Bennett and Bea Voigt; brothers-in-law, Vern Kelly, Roger and David Hendrickson; niece Julie Voigt; nephews Kent Schulz and Randy Voigt.