Kenneth M. BennettDecember 15, 1946 ~ November 2, 2017 (age 70)
Kenneth M. Bennett
Ken passed away November 2, 2017 while vacationing in Jamaica with his wife, Loretta, after suffering a massive heart attack. Ken was born in Wenatchee, WA., December 15, 1946. He graduated from Shadle Park High School and attended the University of Washington briefly before enlisting in the Army in 1967 as a Green Beret in the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne).He loved his country, therefore the military service was an obvious choice for him. He served two tours, or 3 ½ years in Vietnam. He received a direct commission into the Army National Guard in 1971, and retired after 32 years in 1999 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was awarded many medals and citations. Among the most notable was a Bronze Star of Valor for heroism in ground combat in 1969.
Ken was also a Spokane City Police Officer where he served as a patrol officer, training officer, and SWAT team member from 1972 – 1997. After retirement from the Police Department, Ken went to work at the Maxwell House as a cook, bartender, and night manager for something “fun” to do. He thoroughly enjoyed it! Ken lived his life with gratitude and a special joy for living. He loved helping people and reached out often.
He loved to tease and had a great sense of humor. His family was his most precious asset. He was incredibly proud of his sons, Steve and J.T. and their families. He spent quality time with them watching sports, barbequing, relaxing by the pool, and just bonding. He was “living the dream” with his wife, Loretta of 30 years. They enjoyed traveling, scuba diving, RV trips, cruising, and more.
His untimely departure has left a huge void in the lives of his family and a legacy of friends. He will be sorely missed.
Ken is survived by his wife Loretta, sons; Steve (Mindy) and JT (Susie), grandchildren; Tyler, Jude, Luke, Brooks, and Cora, sister; Brenda, nephews and nieces; Justin, Lisa, Alex, Brandon, and Melissa, and their spouses and children, mother-in-law; Dee, sister-in-law; Becky, ex-wife; Sandi and numerous cousins. Preceded in death by his parents; Clarence and Alice, sister; Becky, father-in-law; Gordon, and brothers-in-law; Cal and John.
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the wonderful staff at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica for their outstanding helpfulness, and to our fantastic friends for all their help, love, and support. Thanks, also, to Hennessy Funeral Home for their assistance in getting Ken back home.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Wounded Warriors at https://programportal.woundedwarriorproject.org
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