John Bennett

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John C. Bennett, 89, of Swansea, IL, born February 6, 1929, in Wheeling, WV, died, Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Bennett attended Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia.  He received his bachelor’s in Mining Engineering.  He was the president of Peabody Coal – Illinois Division, before his retirement.

He was preceded in death by a son, William Matthew Bennett; a grandson, Zach A. Melvin; a great-grandson, Mason A. Schmittling; and his parents, Matthew and Martha, nee Synder, Bennett.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Barbara E. Bennett, nee Weese, whom he married on June 2, 1950;
a son, Robert C. (Marilyn) Bennett;
two grandchildren, Barbara E.J. Bennett, and Chasidy D. Braunseis;
and four great-grandchildren Madeline E. Wasserzieher, Andrew C. Williams, Olivia R. Williams, and Gracie E. Williams.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Cremation was held and private burial will be in Elkins, West Virginia.


1 Comment on John Bennett

Dennis & Kim Schmittling said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2019 at 3:17 PM

I am so sorry for your family's loss. I know he was a loving man, I heard many stories about him from Zach and Mason. They both adored him. Our deepest sympathy are extended to your family.

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