Robert A. Bennett
July 31, 1943 – January 27, 2009
July 31, 1943 – January 27, 2009
Longtime Cheyenne resident and Wyoming Bureau of Land Management State Director Bob Bennett,65, was called home to the loving embrace of God on January 27 surrounded by his family at his daughter’s home in Westminster, CO.
Born second son on July 31, 1943 to parents Don and Margaret Bennett, Bob was raised in Bremerton, WA where he graduated from West High School. In the summer of 1958, Bob met his future bride of 43 years, Patricia. In 1965, he received a Bachelor of Forestry degree from the University of Montana and was also commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. After completing his degree, he married Patricia and was stationed as an armor officer with the 3rd Battalion, 35th Armor, 4th Armored Division in Bamberg, Germany where his two older daughters , Robin and Brenda, were born.
Upon separating from the active duty as a Captain, Bob worked as a forester for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources being located in both Burlington and Enumclaw, WA. After the birth of his son, Brian, he returned to the University of Montana to earn a Masters of Science Forestry degree. At this juncture, Bob dedicated himself to a lifelong career of service to his country as both an officer in the Army Reserve and as a civil service employee of the Bureau of Land Management. He served in various capacities and locations with BLM including Missoula and Miles City, MT, and then on to Cheyenne, WY where his youngest daughter Tracy was born. Bob retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve in 1992. In 2000, Bob became Associate State Director in Salt Lake City, UT and culminated his career’s journey with his present position in Cheyenne.
He enjoyed many hobbies including camping, running, swimming, reading, and spending time with family and friends. He was especially passionate about hunting whether it be birds or big game getting out for the hunt as often as he could. Bob was an involved member of St. Mary’s parish and an ardent supporter of Seton/St. Mary’s Catholic Schools, with particular interests in youth ministry and the athletic association. Additionally, he belonged to both the Knights of Columbus and Right to Life of Laramie County.
Bob committed his life to being a loving husband and caring father and grandfather. He was a steadfast friend and leader who always greeted others with a broad smile and a witty comment. As family, friends, and colleagues gather together at this time, Bob will be remembered as a sincere, gregarious, life-loving, and faithfilled person.
Bob is survived by his wife, Patricia and older brother, Richard Bennett and wife Marilyn. He is also survived by the families of his children; Robin and Carl Hart with their sons Damon and Malakai; Brenda and Mark Hancock with their daughters Rachel and Rebecca; Brian and Cadie Bennett with their son Collin, and Tracy Bennett. His extended family also includes Mary and Larry Havens, Fred and Linda Phillips, Jackie and Biff Schaffer and numerous other relatives.
Services include a rosary at 7:00 pm Tuesday, February 3 as well as a funeral liturgy presided by Ret. Bishop Joseph Hart at 10:30 am Wednesday, February 4 both at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Flowers are welcome ( send to Wiederspahn Radomsky Funeral Home). Alternative contributions to Villa Loretto Sister Servants of Christ the King, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, or the College of Forestry and Conservation via the University of Montana’s Excellence Fund are also appreciated. Donation information for these organizations is available from Wiederspahn Radomsky’s