News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 13, 2013

Terry W. Bennett


---- — CLINTON — Terry W. Bennett, 61, of Clinton, stepped into Heaven on the arm of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on the morning of May 11, 2013. He was born July 13, 1951, in Terre Haute, to Lawrence and Wanda (Stierwalt) Bennett.

Terry graduated in 1969 from West Vigo High School, where he participated in softball, baseball, basketball, bowling, golf, and water skiing. He graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Vocational Technology Education. During college, he worked for Honda of Terre Haute. He proudly served in the Indiana Air National Guard after graduating high school, during the Vietnam Era, until being honorably discharged in 1985. He attained the rank of staff sergeant.  In 1985, Terry started his career with Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 157, working in both Illinois and Indiana. He retired after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2012.  He valiantly battled cancer for 14 months.

Terry was a member of River of Life Church, in West Terre Haute, and loved his church family very much. He was a Corvette enthusiast and was a member of the Terre Haute Corvette Club since the early 1970’s. He also was a member of the Terre Haute Masonic Lodge, West Terre Haute Lodge 687. Terry enjoyed being a Mason, Freemason, and a Shriner.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and stepsons, Levi Akers and Tanner Akers, his mother, Wanda Bennett of Terre Haute; a brother, Larry Bowman and wife Vickie of Franklin; a sister, Janet Wells and husband Jim of Terre Haute; a sister, Penny Overly and husband Eddie of Jamestown, Ky.; a niece, Christa Gaskins of Terre Haute; nephews, L.D. Bowman, and Tim Wells and wife Majel, and Ross Wells, all of Terre Haute; aunts, Delores Dispennett, Harriett Bennett, Betty Bennett, and Emilee Wallace; and an uncle, James Stierwalt.

He was preceded in death by his father; and grandparents, Roscoe and Anna Stierwalt and William and Nora Bennett.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Roselawn Funeral Home. A funeral ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, with Pastor Bob Maskell officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park, with military rites performed by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 972. Online condolences may be made at: