Howard E. Bennett

Howard E. Bennett
, 87, of Shiloh, IL, born Thursday, May 17, 1923, in East. St. Louis, IL, died Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at Fountains of Shiloh in Shiloh, IL

Mr. Bennett worked as a supervisor for McDonnell Douglas. He was a life time member of Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post #805 O'Fallon, IL, member of Belleville Senior Citizens Club and a U.S. World War II Navy Veteran.

He was preceded in death by his

  • Wife: Mary Lois nee Smith Bennett
  • Parents: Ernest and Margaret nee Wilshire Bennett
  • Daughter: Nicki McNabb
  • Grandson-in-law: Ed Mitchell

Surviving are his:

  • Daughters
    • Sharon Pursell of Belleville, IL
    • Kristine Hayes of Belleville, IL
  • Sister: Delores (Walter) Thal of Phoenix , AZ
  • Son-in-Law: Robert McNabb of Mesa, AZ
  • 4 Grandchildren
    • Brian Anderson of San Diego, CA
    • Tara Mitchell of University City, MO
    • Michael McNabb of Scottsdale, AZ
    • Nicki Bates of Belleville, IL
  • Dear Niece and Nephews

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Intrepid Fallen Heros Fund.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4-8 P.M., Monday, November 29, 2010 at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, IL

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30am Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at Kurrus Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL

Condolences left for Howard E. Bennett:

    To the family members of Howard Bennett:
    Rhonda & I want to express our deepest sympathy to your family from ours. I'll always remember Howard and Lois and my parents, Burt and Betty Jo Harvey, spending most of their adult lives as close friends. I am sorry I did not get to see Howard before he passed.
    God Bless him.
    Bill Harvey

    Bill & Rhonda Harvey Kennesaw GA 30144

    My deepest condolences to daughters Sherry and Kris as well as all of Howard's extended family.

    As the eldest son of his sister Dolores I knew 'Uncle Howard' for over 60 years.

    I remember fondly his unique versatility discussing a wide variety of topics including sports and I don't recall him being a huge sports fan ... at least not a fanatic like myself. But he could really talk Cardinal baseball. He and I also shared a love of music - especially the standards by the greats like Sinatra. I think to a large extent Sherry inherited his gift of gab - and amusing story telling ability.

    I remember how amused I was when I heard in his later years he abandoned dishes
    (and dishwashing) by totally converting to paper plates and paper bowls.

    The thing that really sticks out (other than always treating my mom Dolores with such fondness) was the extensive planning that went into the many road trips he and 'Aunt' Lois used to take. I mean every little detail was mapped out to the nth degree.

    Above all, I will never forget what a kind and even disposition he always
    showed. Being a thoughtful and respectful gentleman was what Uncle Howard was all about.

    Oh yeah, he loved that funny 1965 Lee Marvin movie Cat Ballou. His humor laced and detailed description (and uproarious laughter) was almost as long as the movie itself. Sure wish I had that kind of recall - I think I'm

    RIP Uncle Howard. You were truly a great and decent man.

    Michael Thal San Diego CA 92104