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Dr. John E. Bennett, 91, of Rockford, passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018. Born on February 17, 1927, in Dover, NH, the son of Roland J. and Olive J. (Hall) Bennett. He was the third of five children. John was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served in World War II. He married Betty Sprunger in 1952; she predeceased him in 1974. He then married Shirley Bradford in 1975. Missionary service with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) was the focus and substance of John's 43-year professional medical career. John and Betty served in a remote 132-bed mission hospital and nurses training school in South Africa for 12 years. He then joined the TEAM office staff in Carol Stream in 1975 as resident Medical Director where he served for the next 26 years.
Survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Beth (Cedric) Tetzel, Ruth Bennett, Faith (Colleen) Bennett, Lois (John) Vander Laan, and John (Cindy) Bennett; grandchildren, Karla (Michael), Andrew, Sophie, Zachary (Sarah), Abigail, Hannah, Adonis, Ananias, Elizabeth (Jeremiah), John Thomas (Veronica), Joseph (Chloe), Mary Grace (Hayden), Charity, Timothy, and Daniel; brother, Robert (Margaret) Bennett; sister, Mary Malcolmson; brother-in-law, Hugh (Tisha) Bradford; and sister-in-law, Ardythe Flueckiger. Also predeceased by his brother, Roland Bennett; and sister, Dorothea Craig.
Memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center Chapel 3470 N. Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL with a visitation from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Memorials may be made to Fairhaven or TEAM, 400 S. Main Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

Condolences & Shared Memories (7)

  1. Bob and Madeline Blanchard

    Dear Shirley, We are so sad to learn of the passing of John into the Eternal Kingdom. This will be such a huge loss for you. There is this comfort, that in Jesus we are with our Lord now and for ever. May God give you His peace. Much love, Bob and Madeline Bob and Madeline Blanchard

  2. Johnnie M. Burch

    May the God of Peace be with you all during this season of your life.

  3. Margaret Orr

    I am sorry to hear about your father. I am Guatemala getting treatments for my hip. He was a very nice man & I remember meeting various time. With love Peg

  4. Christine Aeschliman Hamlin

    Dr. Bennett delivered me (an MK) at Mosvold Mission Hospital. Although I never knew him personally, I am grateful for his many years of service both in Zululand and in the US. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

  5. Rob & Gloria and Wilf Strom

    Dear Aunt Shirley and all the family, As much as you grieve the hole in your family with Uncle John gone we know you also are at peace that it will only be a "short" time until you are reunited in the presence of Jesus. He was an inspiration as a gracious, giving, man of God. He had such an ability to engage others with his warmth and love of Jesus and always reaffirmed us that we were important to him and to the Lord. Dad sends is warm love and we pray for you as you adjust to being on your own again. Much love Rob & Gloria as well as Dad.

  6. Danika Williams

    So sad that John is no longer with us I was his caregiver for sometime him and shirley became my family like my mom and dad were had good times together. I will miss dearly but I know you are in heaven with no pain and are reunited with your fellow departed family members who greeted you at the gates if heaven. Prayers and condolences to shirley and the family. We have gained another guardian angel

  7. Diane Hawkins

    Another TEAMmate has joined the growing chorus in heaven and is enjoying the rewards of his life spent in service to God. Heartfelt sympathies to Shirley and the extended family as you adjust to this loss.


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