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Richard Bennett

Fort Wayne, IN

Born in Lakewood, OH on February 16, 1930 along with his twin brother Robert (Bob), Richard's family lived enjoying the simple life of Lakewood. While times were tough, the family always took time for visits to the beaches of Lake Erie, Cleveland Indians games, and weeks spent with relatives on farm where, spending time with his uncle, Richard (Dick) developed a passion for farming and raising animals. 

Following graduation from Lakewood High School, Dick obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Psychology at Bowling Green State University before enlisting in the U.S. Army USAR. He became a Corporal in the infantry, received a National Defense Medal and a Good Conduct Medal, and while stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma came to know his one true love, Lieutenant Nurse Sara Tenaglia USAR. Though frowned upon because she was a higher ranking officer, they were quite smitten and began dating. After completing their services to the Army, they were happily married in Dick's hometown of Cleveland, OH on September 1, 1956.

The newlyweds lived in Bay Village, OH where they adopted their daughter, Nancy, in 1963 followed by son, Robert "Bob" in 1963 and son, William "Bill" in 1967. 

Dick began a career in steel manufacturing, and was quickly promoted to upper management. With things going well, Dick still had that true passion for a country life. He found an old "fixer upper" farm house just outside the area of Medina, Ohio. This run down abandoned farm house over the years would be the corner stone of the family. In time Dick and Sara got the house fixed back to its turn-of-the-century charm, and Sara filled the home with her antiques. Dick worked on clearing the overgrown farm, fixing and building new barns, fencing in areas for pastures for his livestock and putting in gardens for Sara to can vegetables from. Dick would even grow his own Christmas trees, one of his many passions. Over the years the family raised livestock for the local fairs, did school events, sports and enjoyed life on the farm. The children grew, went off to school and started lives of their own.

Following work and then retirement, Dick and Sara established two more farms in Illinois and South Carolina, respectively before moving to The Hearth of Sycamore Villager just west of Fort Wayne, Indiana to be closer to family, especially grandchildren.

Richard passed away on October 10, 2016. He is survived by his sons, six grandchildren, and one great-grandson.