Obituary: William Bennett


Funeral services for William G. “Bill” Bennett, Sr., 88, of Davenport, were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport.  Burial was in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Long Grove.  Visitation was Friday from 4 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home, with additional visitation Saturday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m.  Bill died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family.

Bill was born Nov. 24, 1931, in Davenport, a son of Maurice and Wilhelmina (Mangels) Bennett.  He proudly served in the Navy during the Korean War as an aerial photographer.  Bill was united in marriage to Mary Costello on June 10, 1953, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Long Grove.  She preceded him in death on April 21, 2018, following 64 years of marriage.

Bill retired from ALCOA in 1995 after 39 years of service.  He was a member of the Steelworkers Local 105. He was also a longtime member of the Moose Lodge, and 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Bill enjoyed bowling and woodworking; he could fix just about anything.  He also enjoyed when his grandchildren were around.

Memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice or Holy Family Parish.

Survivors include his children: Bill (Sheree) Bennett, Jr., Bernadette Bennett, both of Davenport, Angelette (Mark) Choate, Wichita, Kan., and Joyce Valentine, Davenport; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren and a brother, Ralph (Doris) Bennett, Davenport.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Potter, grandchildren: Steven Choate and Jodi Bennett, his parents, and his brothers, Maurice and John Bennett. 

The Bennett family would like to thank Julie, Chris, Tiffany of Genesis Hospice for their compassionate care of Bill.


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