Decatur County Journal-Iowa Thursday, December l2, l9l8
JOHN K. BENNETT was born December 29, l883, in Decatur County, Iowa, and died December 8, l9l8, in the morning, at Leon, Iowa, aged 34 years, ll months and nine days, all of his life being lived in Decatur County.When but a child of three years, his mother died and he was raised by his Grandmother BENNETT for whom he always had the greatest affection.
He was married, October 5, l908, at Corydon, Iowa, to BERTHA MAY MOON, to which union were born two children, MARTHA ELIZABETH, aged nine years, and JOHN K., Jr., aged seven years.He has always lived in Leon since his marriage.His death was caused by influenza which was followed by pneumonia. He was sick nine days.
He also leaves his father, J.F. BENNETT, of Wayne County, also two half-sisters, FERN SHOCKEY, of Lineville and NOMA BENNETT, at home.Also three half-brothers, J.F. BENNETT, Jr., of Wayne County, and DOUGLAS BENNETT and THEODORE BENNETT, both at home.He also leaves many other relatives.
In regard to his life it may be said that he was a man of the most exemplary character.He was a hard worker and for over sixteen years has been employed in poultry houses here in Leon.He was well known to the people of the entire vicinity.He was a member of the Woodman, the Odd Fellows, and the Knights of Pythias.He was a believer in God and in God as a rewarder of the deeds of man.He was upright, steady, honest and honored by those who knew him and took life on its bright side.His thoughts centered in his family who by his being cut down by that great reaper, death, in the very prime of his years, will suffer his loss most keenly.One of his favorite songs by which to rock the babies to sleep was "God Be With You 'Till We Meet Again."The community will lose one of its best citizens but that which touches the heart the most deeply is that grief which must come to the home which has in this hour of great need lost him who was its stay and keeper.
The funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Rev. Hiller, Pastor of the M.E. Church, officiating.The local lodge of the K. of P. had charge of the funeral.Burial was in the Leon Cemetery.