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LaVerne J. Bennett

April 2, 1944 April 6, 2020
LaVerne J. Bennett
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LAVERNE J. “VERN” BENNETT, 76, of Prophetstown, IL, passed away on Monday April 6, 2020, peacefully at home with his wife by his side.

There will be a private family graveside service at Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. The arrangements are being handled by the Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home in Prophetstown. A memorial in his honor has been established.

Vern was born April 2, 1944 in Neponset, IL, the son of Wilbur and Elizabeth (Stabler) Bennett. Vern graduated from Neponset High School in 1963. On June 5, 1964 he married Mary S. Anderson at Prophetstown United Methodist Church. Vern worked 36+ years at the former Northwestern Steel & Wire Company in Sterling, IL. As he always said, “I turned off the lights when my shift ended – for the final time”. He had worked in different departments, but he enjoyed running the 15 – 75 ton cranes. He was brought up on the family farm and enjoyed everything about the farming. He always was working for area farmers, among them Dean Sandrock, Uncle Jack (Brady), and the AHA Farm in Erie, IL. Vern was known as quite the mechanic, changing engines in his friend’s cars, reconditioning tractors and always working on motorcycles.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary; two sons, Randy (Shari) of Prophetstown and Russ (Jamie) of Ottawa, IL; three grandchildren, Heather, Brooke and Nicholas Bennett; one brother, Leslie Bennett, of Neponset, IL; one sister, Mary (Orval) Hilman of Fairmont, WV; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wilbur Dean and Ivan; three sisters, Shirley, Audrey and Carol; his in-laws, Bob and Shirley Anderson.
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