In Memoriam: Rodney O. Bennett (May 26, 1932 – Feb. 4, 2022)

February 2022 Posted in Obituary

Rodney O. Bennett, 89, of Silverton, Oregon spent his final years in the loving care of Harmony House in Salem, Oregon. 

He was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 26, 1932, and died on Feb. 4, 2022. His passing was peaceful with family by his side.

His parents, George W. and Myrtle M. (Bliss) Bennett, preceded him in death, as did his siblings, Shirley and Gordon.

Over the course of three decades, Rodney was honored for his distinguished service to his country. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1974 after serving two enlistments for a total of 21 years, ten months, and 12 days. He was proud to be a veteran.

He married the love of his life, Phebe Grace Fleming on March 26, 1955. They were married for almost 65 years when she passed away in December. He missed her dearly.

Rodney was diligent and a hard worker providing for his family. After military retirement, he went on to install appliances and later operated his own appliance repair business.

He enjoyed quiet and solitude and was also generous to others with his time and gifts.

Survivors include descendants and spouses: son, Steve (Carol); daughters, Kathryn, Lucie (Jerry), Barbara (David), and Sandi; 11 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and brother-in-law, Gail Fleming, and his wife, Irene. He was known and loved as “Uncle Rodney” by numerous nephews and nieces.

Interment with military honors will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon on March 2, 2022, at 9 a.m.

A gathering in memory of Rodney with a potluck meal will be held on the same day at 12:15 p.m. at Salem Bible Church, 4109 Center St. NE,  Salem, Oregon.

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