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Clifton Roger Bennett

 

November 16, 2017 | View PDF



On November 4, 2017, Clifton Roger Bennett, age 98, passed away peacefully with family by his side. He was born in Meeteetse, Wyoming, on March 7, 1919, to Miles William Bennett and Dorothy Siebert Bennett. His siblings included William, Louise and Bernice.

Clifton Bennett spent his youth on and around horses and ranching so it was only fitting that he would become a cowboy for the famous Pitchfork Ranch in Meeteetse. His high school sweetheart, M. Maxine Thayer, also lived on the Pitchfork Ranch with her parents. As time went on, their thoughts of romance grew and after graduation, and at the age of 19, Cliff and Maxine eloped to Red Lodge Montana in 1938. In 1940, Cliff and Maxine boarded a steamer ship bound for Alaska.

Arriving in Anchorage, Cliff worked at several carpentry jobs. When WWII began, the Alaska Railroad was taken over by the U.S. Army and he worked for the railroad in both Tunnel and Anchorage for several years. As the Bennett family moved back and forth for work to and from Wyoming and Alaska, they left Alaska again for Wyoming where he began working for a Reformatory School and Home for Boys in Worland, Wyoming. In 1961, the family moved to Anchorage one last time.

Cliff built a home on Boniface Parkway and began employment with the Sisters of Providence, holding the position of master carpenter. He retired in 1984 from Providence Hospital and in 1986 Cliff and Maxine moved to The Dalles, Oregon, to live in an over-55 community. Cliff returned to Alaska two years ago to live with family in Homer.

He is survived by of his children: Roger (and Alinda) Bennett, Jeanne Doty, Roberta (and Sterling) Eide, Nancy Laabs and C. Rodney (and Dona) Bennett. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his lovely bride Maxine, his son-in-law, Kenneth Doty, and his mother and father and all three siblings.

 

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