On Sunday, February 9, 2020, George James Bennett, Sr., 95, breathed his last breath here and the next with our Lord God in heaven.
George was born on December 14, 1924 in Louisville Kentucky, to Marvin and Angela Bennett. He attended and graduated from Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, TX. Immediately after graduation, he joined the Navy and served in World War II, World War II Victory and in the Asiatic Pacific area. George served his country for four years and returned home after the war ended. Soon after, he married his sweetheart, Mary Lou Hansen. Together, they raised seven children: George Bennett Jr. (Toni, spouse) Karl Bennett, Sharon Bennett, Mary Crosdale (Matt, spouse), LuAnn Hutto, Gracie Lemaster, (Randy, spouse) and Dian Preston (Jon, spouse). As their family was growing, George, attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He and Mary Lou also had the privilege of loving twelve grandchildren: Jene Paul Craft, Todd Bennett, Stephani Bennett, Nichole Ingram, Regan Bennett, Ryan Bennett, Schuyler Dhooghe, Rachael Preston, Levi Lemaster, James Preston, Johnny Preston, and Joseph Preston. George was fortunate to see and enjoy his great grandchildren Kerby Bennett, Taylor Bennett, Paris Craft, Kieffer Craft, Dallas Craft, Jake Bennett, Tyler Bennett and also his first great great grandchild Emmie Bennett.
George was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Lou Bennett and son Karl Bennett.
George was a strong and quiet man. He was a part of that great generation. He worked hard in business and loved his family. He remained active and independent well into his nineties. Despite his hearing loss and wellness challenges, his desire to be productive was evident; going on a mission trip to Guatemala to build widows and orphans homes (in his eighties), unloading a truck full of deer feed (at ninety-one), going to the gym daily (into his nineties), and more. Throughout his life he enjoyed exercising, word puzzles, playing golf, fishing, hunting, walking, being outdoors, watching sports, good food, coffee and strawberry ice cream. He celebrated his ninety-fifth birthday and Christmas with family and friends.
George/Dad/Grandfather will be missed by all.
Our family wishes to express heartfelt appreciation and thankfulness to his kind, helpful and loving caregivers at Belmont Assisted Living - Westlake.
We thank Hospice Austin for caring, helping and showing love to our father/grandfather.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in George Bennett’s memory, may be made to Hospice Austin.
A small private family memorial service will be held at Fort Sam Houston with full Naval Honors.