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Richard Allen Bennett

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BENNETT, Richard Allen, 80, of Springfield, Ohio peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family at ‘The James’ Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Richard was born in Springfield, Ohio on November 12, 1939. He was the Son of George and Thelma (Beard) Bennett. Richard spent his professional life as a Firefighter/Paramedic in service to the City of Springfield and retired as a Captain in 1991. But this alone does not do justice to the impact he made on both the community and the Springfield Fire Rescue Department. He faithfully served in support of the Firefighters Union as both 4th District Vice President and President of Springfield’s International Association of Firefighters Local 333. This support did not end upon his retirement. Richard continued to mentor and support those that followed him and continued these efforts up until his passing. He was also an active member of the B.P.O.E. #51. Richard is survived by his loving Wife of 26 years, Denise “Denny” Bennett. Sons Kevin Bennett of Orlando, FL and Jeff (Lisa) Bennett of Ocala, FL and Daughter Sandy Stevens of Springfield, Ohio. Stepson Cory (Kelly) Martin of Springfield, Ohio. Grandchildren Chase Bennett and Eden Bennett of Orlando, FL. Jackson Bennett and Sawyer Bennett of Ocala, FL. Emily (Brian) Bennington, Kyle Bevan and Daniel Bevan, all of Springfield, Ohio, Malachi, Ella and Brady. Great Grandchildren Hailey Baker, Carson Bennington and Kennedy Rae Bennington. Sisters Carol (Ron) Vincent and Marilyn (Ed) Perkins. Brothers Paul (Monica) Bennett and Mike (Lynn) Bennett. Richard’s extended family includes many nieces and nephews, in-laws Debbie (Ray) Harper, Diedra (Terry) Stenner, Bill (Deb) Rice and close family friends as well as all his very special firefighter friends. Richard is preceded in death by both of his parents and one Grandchild, Kelly Michelle Bevan. Richard lived life to its fullest both personally and professionally. Professionally, he was twice awarded the Firefighter of the Year award and served as a diver on the SFRD Underwater recovery team in addition to the Firefighter Union activities. Personally, in addition to being a loving husband and father, he was a certified Pilot, Certified Scuba diver who made dives all over the world, dedicated golfer, tireless volunteer including the annual coat giveaway at Rainbow Table, Springview Board Member, New Neighbors board member and Honor Flight. Richard was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan and his final day on this earth was spent with his family around him with an Ohio State game on TV. He would be thrilled to know it was another Buckeye’s victory. Richard’s family, due to the horrible Coronavirus pandemic, is delaying the celebration of Richard’s life to a future date and details will be made available when it is scheduled. Memorial donations can be made to Box #27 - Station 1, 350 N. Fountain Ave. Springfield, Ohio 45504. Funeral Services are being handled by Conroy Funeral Home, Springfield Ohio.
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Richard Bennett was one of the most gracious and kind men I have ever known. Denny, I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of his death and the suffering you both must have endured. You and your whole family are in my prayers--for comfort in God's presence and strength in the hope of eternal life, the gift of God our Father.

- Beverly DeBord, Friday October 30th, 2020

Denny I haven’t seen you since Lutheran Community Services, but know what a wonderful person you are. So sorry for the loss of your husband. I can only contribute to the fund. Wish I could do more.

- Nancy Reed, Thursday October 29th, 2020

Denny I am sorry to read of your husband's passing. God bless and keep you and your family safe.

- Marcia Boggs, Wednesday October 28th, 2020

Denny, Jerry and I are both so saddened to learn of Richard's passing. He was such a dear man with a faithful heart for God and all people. Richard has been on my prayer list since you and I talked over a year ago, and you will continue to be in my prayers - for God's peace and comfort in your aching heart. * Faith, Hope, Love*

- Ellen Dudney, Wednesday October 28th, 2020

Denny and family. I am so terribly sorry to see the notice of Dick’s passing. I was very shocked. I had no idea he was sick.... My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.....

- Dorothy Skinner, Wednesday October 28th, 2020

Denny so sorry to hear about Dick it was shocking news.My thoughts and prayers are with you .

- Linda Franklin, Wednesday October 28th, 2020

You have our deepest sympathy! We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Love Bill & Elaine

- Elaine Wilcox, Wednesday October 28th, 2020

Denny, Jen and I are so sorry to read of Richard’s passing. You and family will be in our prayers. Mark and Jen Sturgeon

- Mark Sturgeon, Tuesday October 27th, 2020

Denny, I am so sorry about the passing of Dick. He was such a go getter and served his community well. You and all his family are in my thoughts and prayers!

- Diane Hutchings, Tuesday October 27th, 2020

Denny, to you and your entire family i extend heartfelt sympathy. I appreciate the times you and Richard helped me when I bought my home and when he organized a group of retired firefighters to help with a move at the Springfield Arts Council ! What a group. I respect his service as a Springfield Fire Fighter and was pleased when I learned he had worked with my dad at the Fire Department. I enjoyed our annual get together when I brought the ornaments for the Retired Fire Fighters Christmas Party. So many wonderful memories. Take care my friend. Love, prayers and sympathy.

- Margaret Schief, Tuesday October 27th, 2020

For only knowing Richard for four years as our condo association President we found Richard as a caring, outgoing and compassionate man. He and his wife Denny working hard for all condo families. He will be greatly missed. Our Love and Prayers to Denny and the family.

- Charlie & Nikki Brown, Monday October 26th, 2020

Richard will be greatly missed as he served as Pres. of our Grandview Condo Assn. along with his wife Denny as Treasurer. They have done a remarkable job and I really hope now that he can RIP.

- Juanita Dennison, Monday October 26th, 2020

Kevin so sorry for the Rock of your family. Many prayers for all of you. Such a great father. He will always be with you. Its so hard loosing your parent. He raised a great son in you. Love you Kev.... Deb Pilkenton Thurman

- Debbie Pilkenton Thurman, Monday October 26th, 2020

Denny, So sorry to hear of Richard's passing - I know you both have had a long battle with his illness. We will certainly keep you in our prayers.

- Rev. Gary Boggs, Monday October 26th, 2020

Richard was one of the finest men I ever knew. He unselfishly did so much for so many. I considered him a close brother. We who knew and loved him, will miss him, big time.

- Donovan Crackel, Sunday October 25th, 2020

I commit my prayers and support to Denny, family, and friends as we come to grips with the passing forward of this really good guy. I am thankful to have known Richard! Pastor Powell

- Daniel M. Powell, Sunday October 25th, 2020

Richard was the most selfless person I've known. A loving, dedicated and devoted husband to Denny, a true servant of his community and a professional firefighter par excellence! Although we will miss him and mourn his death, we will celebrate the life he lived and rejoice that he is home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rest in peace, Richard; well done good and faithful servant!

- Debbie Harper & family, Sunday October 25th, 2020

Sandy, much love goes out to you and your family in this difficult time. We’re so sorry for your loss.

- Sam, Ada & Mahra, Sunday October 25th, 2020

To the family of my loving nephew by marriage. To me he was one of my own nephews. My deepest sympathy to each of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers We know he is with Lord Denise Carroll we are here for you. Love, Aunt "B"

- Barbara Mills, Sunday October 25th, 2020

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