Raymond C. Bennett

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Raymond C. Bennett, 81, of Roachdale, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at his home.

He was born July 9, 1936 in "Rabbittown" Mecca, Ind., to Charles Fredrick Bennett and Serena Ann (Wise) Bennett.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, Sharon Kay Bennett, who passed away in March of 2015; his brother Stanley; sisters Betty Miller and Marie Baysinger.

Raymond is survived by two daughters, Rhonda Young (Davis) of Edwardsville, Ill., and Rayetta Hoover (Mark) of Michigan; his brother, Jim of Paris, and sister Martha Lee Davis (Jim) of West Cliffe, Colo.; he is also survived by special family members, Mark and Sandra Fordice, Don and Mary Bennett, Tom and Jan Endicott, Eric and Jeanenne Goodwin; 13 grandchildren, Amanda (Matt) White, Laurel (Issac) Noland, Macy Fordice, Derrick (Jill) Fordice, Cory (Nicole) Fordice, Lee (Lesli) Fordice, Jared (Shelby) Fordice, Bryan Young, Nichole Young, Christopher (Samantha) Hoover, Monte (Laura) Hoover, Brandon (Genna) Hoover and Amelia; 17 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Raymond served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.

He was hired onto Pennsylvania Railroad in 1956 which became Penn Central, then Conrail, and eventually becoming CSX. During those years he belonged to the United Transportation Union After working on the railroad for 45 years he retired.

Raymond also did some work on the Mansfield Dam.

He enjoyed 17 years of retirement. This involved woodworking, taking care of the wildlife and property at his 40-acre home, especially feeding the birds.

Raymond enjoyed riding his motorcycle, traveling the 48 contiguous states as well as Canada and Mexico. He belonged to the Salty Dawgs Motorcycle Club in Wood River, Ill.

Per Raymond's request, family has chosen cremation with a private family service to follow.

Samaritan Funeral Home, Terre Haute, will be assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at Samaritanfunerals.com