BLOOMINGTON ---- Lee Edward Bennett, 69, of Bloomington, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 7, 2005 while at work with the Rural Transit in Ellettsville.
Born April 7, 1935 in Monroe County, he was the son of Newman H and Mary M. (Edge) Bennett. He was married to Beatrice "Bea" (Caulder) Bennett.
A graduate of Bloomington High School, he was a retired employee of RCA of Bloomington after 42 years of service and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He currently was a driver for the Area 10 Agency's Rural Transit. He was a member of Southside Christian Church. He was an avid fisherman who loved to give away his catch to anyone who wanted it and to help anyone in need.
Survivors include: his wife Beatrice "Bea" Bennett of Bloomington; a step-daughter and son-in-law Kim and Bob Rich of Cloverdale; three step-sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Kim Ellis of Dallas, Texas, Mark and Ping Ellis of Zionsville, and Brent and Rose Ellis of Linton; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Ida and Voyle Hammond of Bloomington, Genevieve and Thomas Sater of Sullivan, Pauline Bennett and Jo Ann Bennett, both of Bloomington, and Evelyn and Bill Kennedy of Columbus; one sister-in-law Jeanette Bennett of Phoenix, Ariz.; nine grandchildren to whom he was known as "Poppy", Stacey Ellis, Lindsay Kirklin, Kyle Ellis, Patrick Ellis, Elizabeth Rich, Emma Rich, Holly Ellis, Angelina Ellis and Azariah Ellis; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother James A. Bennett, and four sisters, Mary Kean, Wilma Jean Bennett, Bessie Mae Bennett, and Frances Ruth Bennett.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday at Southside Christian Church, 500 E. Empire Rd., Bloomington, with the Rev. Steve Pettit and the Rev. Mark Mathis officiating. Entombment will be at Valhalla Memory Gardens where the Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military rites.
Friends may call at Allen Funeral Home, 3000 E. Third St., Bloomington on Thursday from 2-8 p.m. and at the church Friday one hour prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Area 10 Agency for Rural Transit in care of Allen Funeral Home.