Francis Bennett

Francis W. "Bill" Bennett

Monday, September 20th, 1937 - Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
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F.W. “Bill” Bennett, of Nephi, Utah, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Tulsa,OK while visiting his son.

Funeral service will be 1:30 pm on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Becker Chapel,402 3rd St. in Effingham, KS with Rev. Jerry Boaz officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Effingham, KS. Family will receive friends from 12:30pm until time of service on Saturday at the Chapel. Memorials are suggested to American Heart Association or the Building Fund for First Baptist Church, Nephi, Utah and may be sent in care of the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. Words of comfort and remembrance may be left at

Bill was born on September 20, 1937 in Horton, KS, the son of John M. and Susie I. (Byer) Bennett. He was a farmer for many years. He also worked as a surveyor for the US Department Agriculture before he and Janice moved to Utah to serve the Lord as missionaries. Bill was a servant of the Lord and a member of the First Baptist Church in Nephi, Utah. He loved to tinker, take things apart and scrap it. His family described him as a professional piddler. In retirement, Bill loved to work in his shop, latch hook and people watch.

Bill married Janice Carol Snyder on August 29, 1959 at the Methodist Church in Effingham, KS. She preceded him in death on September 3, 2017. Survivors include a son Bradley (Brenda) Bennett, Broken Arrow, OK, three grandchildren, Ainsley (Jesse) Hallett, Tulsa, OK, Amitey Bennett, Broken Arrow, OK and Chaney Rockwell, Youngwood, PA.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Virginia Rockwell.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Becker Chapel
    402 3rd Street
    EFFINGHAM, KS 66023
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 1:30pm
    Becker Chapel
    402 3rd Street
    EFFINGHAM, KS 66023
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Jerry Boaz
  • Interment

    Evergreen Cemetery
    1st & Howard St
    EFFINGHAM, KS 66023
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Posted at 04:28pm
Grandpa and I talked on the phone often. Hearing the stories of our family, and learning more about the people who came before me from him was a gift that I am so grateful for. Over the last two weeks that he was with us, I got to cook dinner for him. These meals were way outside of his comfort zone, but he ate them anyways. He told me afterwards that while he didn't know what they were, He liked them very much. I love you Grandpa, to the moon and back.

Terri McCoy

Posted at 02:55pm
We have numerous memories with Bill over these past twenty-plus years since he and Janice moved to Nephi, UT. Three recent prominent memories include one from these months after Janice passed to Heaven. Bill was amazed that the love he and Janice shared was obvious to those about them. "There was never any doubt that you loved each other." This was one of the comments which encouraged Bill after Janice passed away. Second, was his desire to pass on bits of wisdom to my son and his wife at their wedding. Bill put together a list of special thoughts for the newlyweds which shared he and Janice's marriage experiences. Third was just a few weeks ago. Bill was truly touched with the love and care of his son, Brad, and his family. Words cannot express the joy he had these past few weeks and the sacrificial care given to him. He expressed this to me on several occasions. Bill was greatly blessed with the love of many people in his life. We sang one of his favorite hymns at church the day after he went to Heaven - "Victory In Jesus"!! Bill has victory with his Savior today and for all eternity!! "For God so love the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have Everlasting Life."

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Posted at 01:40pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill's dear loved ones. May God comfort your heart and give you strength for the days ahead. With love,
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Missy Iles Delzeit

Posted at 01:49am
Brad & family: I sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the Lord Bless and keep you all safe during this time of need.

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