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Richard A. Bennett


Richard A. Bennett, 77, of Mechanicsville, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, surrounded by his family. Military graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lisbon Cemetery.
Richard was born in Cedar Rapids on March 17, 1940, the son of D. Audis and Margaret (Kynett) Bennett. He graduated from Springville High School in 1958. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Marines. In 1961, he married Betty Sperry, and they had two daughters. In 1987, he married Jan Askelson.
He served 32 years in the military, both on active/reserve duty, retiring as a chief petty officer/recruiter for the U.S. Navy. After retirement, he worked at Parsons Technology and for the Airport Shuttle Service. His hobbies included woodworking and duck hunting.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Willard, Wayne and Jean Claflin.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 30 years, Jan; daughters, Deb Bennett (Petur Jonsson) Akranes, Iceland, and Sherry Karg, White Bear Township, Minn.; stepsons Brent Askelson (Marilyn), Marion, and Chad Askelson, North Liberty; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Jo Bennett of Tipton.
A special thank-you to Lee Touchberry, Tim Bennett and John Rottman for their friendship and all that they have done for the family. We would also like to thank Andrea from UnityPoint Hospice for her amazing care. The time that all of you spent with Richard will always be remembered.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UnityPoint Hospice in Richard's honor.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.iowacremation.com under obituaries.