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James E. Bennett, 79, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at Marion General Hospital in Marion. Born in Churubusco, he was a distribution driver with American Red Cross for 11 years, retiring in 1991 and previously at Joslyn Steel for 30 years. He was a member of Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley A. Bennett of Fort Wayne; son, Kim Bennett of Fort Wayne; daughters, Cherrie Lenz of Amarillo, TX, and Tonyia Mangona of Wolcottville; brothers, Charles and Garland Bennett both of Columbia City; sisters, Lavonna Shelly of Yarnell, AZ, Rosie Steller of Mesa, AZ, and Phyllis Beck of Garrett; 8 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Service is 10 a.m. Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue, Rev. William Mueller officiating. Calling from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial in Riverview Cemetery, Allen County. Memorials to Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church.