Richard DeWayne Bennett, 74, of Boise, Idaho, passed away on Saturday, February 12, 2011, with his family at his side.
He was born on June 7, 1936 on a farm in Morrill, Nebraska. He was the second of seven children born to Roy and Goldie Bennett.
While he was still young, his family moved to Missouri, where he attended school and graduated from Cabool High School in 1955. Among his accomplishments, he lettered in football, played basketball, and enjoyed many friends who knew him as Dick Bennett.
Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served his country as a boom operator until his honorable discharge.
He married Sharon Rose Riley in 1957 in Mtn. Grove, Missouri. They later moved to Boise, Idaho, where they had three children, Anna, Lisa and Kay-Kay. They were divorced in 1972.
He later met and married Dodie McPherson. They resided for a time in Ontario, Oregon, where he enjoyed the local VFW Post 5452 every chance he could. He and Dodie were later divorced.
He drove for many trucking companies over the years, both locally and long haul. He was always torn between his love of family and the call of the open road. He had many different CB handles, among them Whippoorwill and Idaho Cherokee.
He had a great love of the outdoors where he could go camping, hunting, fishing and enjoy “the good Lord’s gift of nature.” He also enjoyed riding motorcycles.
He had a good listening ear and a helping heart, responding no matter the time of day or night if he could be of help. He had a good ear for music, played the harmonica, and loved to dance, even on roller skates. He was also a true Bronco football fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Goldie Bennett; two brothers, Roy E. and Doug Bennett; three sisters, Mina, Lois and Geraldine; and his first wife, Sharon Bennett.
Surviving are his daughters, Anna Marie Bennett, Lisa Colleen Bennett and Loretta Kay Bennett, all of Boise; siblings Peggy Wimberley of Cabool, Missouri, Joe and Janet Bennett of Sullivan, Missouri; Sharon Kay Reed of Udall, Missouri, and Rita Riley of Boise; his sweetheart, Darlene Sanders of Boise; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful cat, Mr. B.
Memorial services were held February 19, 2011 at Cloverdale Church of God, Boise.