James Lawrence Bennett, 86, of Gillette, WY passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Close to Home Hospice, Gillette, WY.
James was born September 9, 1933 to Samuel Timothy Bennett and Mabel Maureen Cutter, in Castana, IA. He was raised on a small ranch in the Blackfoot Valley by Dorthey and Frank Tice. He worked on various ranches as a youth. He later worked in the timber industry for four-and-a-half years. He then 35 years working for the State of Montana, first as a guard at the Montana State Prison and then as an Adult Probation Officer. He retired January 1, 1994.
On January 21, 1956, James married Jenny LaVonne Hollibaugh in Missoula, MT. They had four children: Jamie Lee, Ann Michelle, Penny Louise, and Gordon Dean.
James is survived by his daughters, Ann (Bob) Labbe’ and Penny Fischer (John); daughter-in-law, Mauri Bennett; grandchildren, Shane (Lisa) Almond, Jenny (Ivan) Wilson, Bobby Labbe’, Scott (Denver) Fischer, and Miranda (Ron) Eddy; and 12 great-grandchildren. He is proceeded in death by his wife of 57 years, his sons, Jamie and Gordon Bennett, and a grandson, Brandon Fischer.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Pastor Gordon Harper officiating. Military Honors provided by American Legion Post #42 Drill Team.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.