John Carlton Bennett

04/25/1935 — 06/15/2008

From Pasco, WA, US | Born in Okemah, OK

John Carlton Bennett

Carl Bennett John C. Bennett

Our beloved and precious Carl entered into rest at his home surrounded by his family, June 15th. There is comfort knowing he is in a much better place, peaceful and carefree.

He was welcomed into this world April 25, 1935 to Jack and Etta Mae Bennett in Okemah, Oklahoma. Hardship fell upon his family and Carl worked from a very young age to help his family. In 1948 his family moved from Okemah, Oklahoma to Richland where he made the Tri-cities his home for the last 60 years.

He met his sweetheart Shirley Soapes while living in the same neighborhood. He would often drive by her family home while she was sitting on the front porch. One day instead of just driving by he got out to talk. In 1953 they were married and shared 54 years together. They raised four loving children together.

In Carl's younger years he was a Richland firefighter and then worked for Exxon Nuclear as a millwright. In his later years he owned and operated the Riverside Restaurant in Kennewick. Carl enjoyed everything he did and had an incredible knack for accomplishing anything he put his mind to. If it needed fixed grandpa could fix it! We could always count on him for anything.

Carl was a loving and wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was loved by the many friends he made throughout his life. Carl loved his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play in sports. He loved kidding people. His family was the most important thing in his life. There will always be a special place within our hearts for him. We admired him for his wisdom, his strength and his love for each and every one of us.

He is survived by his wife Shirley of Pasco; son Dale Bennett and Pam of Richland; son Dana and Juney Bennett of Portland, Oregon; daughter Carla and husband Steve Ellingsen of Pasco; daughter-in-law Becky Bennett of Clarkston, Washington; daughter-in-law Patti Bennett of Kennewick; sister Bea and John Moser of Portland, Oregon; sister Nelda and Mike Steinert, of Wimberley, Texas; his very special life long friend Glenn Rowlette of Prosser and many wonderful nephews and nieces. . He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Jack Bennett; son Martin Bennett and a granddaughter Anne Marie Bennett.

Carl was blessed with 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Tricia Klassen, Deanne Bennett, Patrick Bennett, Laura Bennett, Jamie Bennett, Jake Bennett, James Bennett, Lauren Bennett; Derek Ellingsen, Dana Ellingsen, Lexi Ellingsen, Lacey Ellingsen, Lyndsey Ellingsen and great-grandson Connor Ellingsen.

A memorial service will be held for family and friends at 2:00 PM Saturday, June 21st at Einan's Funeral Home, located at 915 Bypass Highway in Richland, WA. A Celebration of Life will be held following service at 11907 Shoreline Ct in Pasco. map available at funeral service

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  • God Bless you in Heaven. You are my Father’s Best Friend. My parents Glenn & Virginia & our Family will always cherish our memories of you.

    Eve, Brent Sr & Brent Jr, Brooke
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • Playing sports growing up using the Bennett’s backyard/sandlot! Many people became great athletes that had the opportunity to be part of a great family. I was so glad that I ran into Martin a few years ago in Moses Lake. You guys are cool!

    Rob Worcester
    November 4, 2014
    Post, Falls, ID, US
  • I’ll cherish your friendship for

    ever. And I know we’ll meet again

    somewere down the trail..

    November 4, 2014
    Prosser, WA, US
  • I know that we did not know each other well or for a long time, but met through a shared room at Kadlec Medical Center – and formed a friendship of concern for each other. We are so sorry for your loss and just wanted you to know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. . .Bill & Debra Mace

    Bill & Debra Mace
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • We were neighbors in Richland and our kids grew up together. Carl was a wonderful father and we send the family our heartfelt sympathy.

    Blessings to the family

    Clint and Margie Worcester
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Carl was a Wonderful Friends & he will forever be in our Hearts. When we meet again in Heaven we will share another Chinese Pheasant Dinner. God Bless you.

    Virginia Rowlette
    November 4, 2014
    Prosser, WA, US
  • Carl was A MAN among MEN and A valued friend of all the Rowlette

    family. Rest in peace with our love forever.

    Sam & Janet

    Sam Rowlette
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Many happy memories stay with me from the days of growing up on Lassen Street. Carl made it so. From motorcylcles in the garage to helping with the never ending tinkering with bikes and then cars, the memories are clear. And what could be better than loading all the kids in the back of the old Uptown Furniuture truck to take a load of stuff to the dump, and then turn the truck into a tow truck with visits to the gas station or car wash. He would watch us play countless ball games in the field out back;it was kid heaven.

    It was a time when neighbors made the neighborhood and the support within. My Mom and Dad frequently talk of those days with many happy memories.


    Howard and Michelle Rickard
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We count it a privilege to have known Carl, so many years. A wonderful man in every way. One

    of the many special qualities I remember about Carl, even as a

    young man, when he would be at our home with Glenn, he would visit with our mom, he cared about her and loved her and that is very special.

    We know we will see Carl again.

    Our Prayers and Love are with Shirley, and the Family.

    Helen & Mike Uribe
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
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