Bruce Owen Bennett, age 56, of Patriot, passed away at 4:29 a.m. on Monday, September 3rd, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Bruce entered this life on December 19th, 1961, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late James Robert “Jim” and Blanche Roberta “Bonnie” (Koons) Bennett. He was raised in Patriot, and was a 1980 graduate of Switzerland County High School and attended the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles.
He became a certified diesel mechanic from the Cincinnati State College in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bruce was united in marriage on June 20,th 1987, at Patriot Baptist Church in Patriot, to Shirley LuAnn Konradi. This union was blessed with two sons: Brandon Sawyer and Logan Tyler; and a daughter, Natalie BreeAnn. Bruce and LuAnn shared over 31 years of marriage together until his death.
Bruce was employed as an auto body technician for Ohio Valley Motors in Rising Sun, from 1975-1988. On May 2nd, 1988, Bruce was employed as a diesel mechanic for Aurora Casket Company in Aurora, retiring in January of 2008, after 20 years of service.
He was a member of Patriot Baptist Church, and was a former member of the Patriot Volunteer Fire Department. Bruce enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing with his children and tinkering, rebuilding and painting cars with his sons. He had a love for Chevrolet and Cub Cadets. Bruce enjoyed spending time with his friends, but most of all, spending quality time with his family and watching his children play sports. Bruce was a devoted husband, loving dad and special friend and will be sorely missed by all who he came in contact with.
Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Shirley LuAnn (Konradi) Bennett of Patriot; by his children: Brandon Sawyer, Logan Tyler and Natalie BreeAnn Bennett all of Patriot; by his brother, Wayne Duckworth and his wife Evelyn of Patriot; by his sister, Amber Reed and her husband Ronnie of Bennington; by his brothers- in-law and sisters-in-law: Sherry A. Fryman and her husband Bobby of Milton, Kentucky, Terry Mayfield and his wife Clara of Aurora, Indiana, Gary Allen Konradi and his wife Mary Jo of Rising Sun, Connie S. Adkins of Patriot, Nyoka L. Couch of Madison, and Ricky Wayne Konradi and his wife Lacey of Patriot; his best friend, Bob Scudder of Patriot; and his numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents: James Robert “Jim” Bennett, who died on February 9th, 2001 and Blanche Roberta “Bonnie” (Koons) Bennett, who died on December 5th, 2008; by his paternal-grandparents, John Q. Bennett, Sr. and Alice Susan (Turner) Bennett; his maternal-grandparents, Clinton and Maggie (Ralston) Koons; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert Louis and Geraldine (Dickerson) Konradi; his brothers-in-law, Jack Adkins and Bill Couch; and his step-grandmother, Charlotte Duckworth.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, September 7th, at 11 a.m., by Reverend Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment will follow in the New Liberty Cemetery, East Enterprise.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 6th, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Education Fund For His Children, c/o Shirley LuAnn Bennett. Cards are available at the funeral home.