Richard Allen Bennett, 82, entered his eternal rest on Feb.22, 2018, at his home in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Richard Allen Bennett, 82, entered his eternal rest on Feb.22, 2018, at his home in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

He was born to Peter Ousley and Elizabeth Francis (Saacke) Bennett on Feb. 27, 1935, in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Richard retired from the United States Army after 25 years of service. He served in Korea, Alaska, Turkey, Germany, and Vietnam, During his service, he was a Warrant and Supply Officer, an MP, and an Intelligence Officer. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a charter member of Butterfield Assembly of God in Fort Smith, Arkansas, a loyal member of Liberty Baptist Church in Shawnee, a dedicated gardener, and a much-loved father and grandfather to many.

Richard was always ready to step up and help whenever he could, and continued his life of service for many years in Shawnee when, rain or shine, he and his beloved dog, Stanley, would deliver Meals on Wheels together. His kindness and generosity will be long remembered by many.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ronald P.; a sister, Katherine K.; and wife Hattie Ellen Tackett.

He is survived by his wife Shirley; brother David Bennett of Davenport, Iowa; four step-children and their families, Jerry and Marilyn Whorton, of Knoxville, Arkansas, Melody and Michael Hobbs of Bowlegs, Oklahoma, Melinda and Al Alizadeh-Fard, of Edmond, Oklahoma,and Miles and Heather Underwood, of Wilmington, North Carolina; as well as three nephews and their families, Randy, Richard, and Mark Bennett, of Davenport, Iowa. Richard also leaves behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who loved him dearly.

A military Internment with honors will occur on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 1:30 p.m. in the National Cemetery at 522 Garland Avenue and South 6th Street, in Fort Smith.

Richard’s life will be celebrated at a future memorial service to be held at Liberty Baptist Church.