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Melvin F. Bennett - Class of 1938

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  Melvin F. Bennett  JR.,  Class of 1938 - Age 85, born in New York on September 12, 1922 to the late Dagny and Melvin F. Bennett, Sr., passed away on July 1, 2008 while in the loving care of his family. Mel graduated from Newburgh Free Academy (NY) at age 16 and then attended Braden Prep School in Cornwall, NY. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII and was stationed stateside. Mel then earned his NYS Professional Engineering License following his 1949 graduation from Cornell University's School of Civil Engineering in Ithaca, NY. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. On October 15, 1949, Mel married Elizabeth Florence Margaret Babiy "Bobbi" or "Tilli" in Ithaca. In 1950, the couple moved to Denver, where Mel worked for the US Bureau of Reclamation. In 1952, he joined the North Atlantic Construction Company and spent nine months in southern Greenland while Elizabeth lived near her parents in Salzburg, Austria. In 1953, Mel went to work for DuPont. He worked in NY, Old Hickory, TN, New Jersey and Moberly, MO before retiring in 1980. Mel then joined the Iroquois Hunting and Fishing Club in White Lake, NY. He moved to Ashland City, TN in 1994. Mel is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Elizabeth; five children, Ellen Dent of Columbia, MO, Fred Bennett of Ashland City, TN, Glenn (Rita) Bennett of League City, TX, Joanne (Angelo III) Formosa of Nashville, TN and Christopher Bennett of Chicago, IL; six grandchildren, Shawn (Stephanie) Dent, Katherine and Stephen Formosa, and Michael, Jessica and Rachel Bennett; three great grandchildren, Sydney, Nathan and Madelyn Dent; a sister, Thelma Knickerbocker of Goodlettsville, TN; and a brother, David Bennett of Newburgh, NY. A Memorial service will be held at the Ashland City United Methodist Church, 103 Oak St., on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 11:30 a.m., with visitation starting at 10 a.m.. There will be a private burial service in the Middle Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery in Pegram. Memorial funds have been established in his name for the Ashland City United Methodist Church or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Published in The Tennessean on July 19, 2008

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