Henry Edward Bennett, Jr. | SierraSun.com

Henry Edward Bennett, Jr.

Bennett was born in Santiago, Chile, on Nov. 17, 1921, and moved to San Francisco when he was 9. He died March 6. He played varsity football and basketball and graduated from Polytechnic High School. He also attended UC Berkeley before serving with the 757th Army Air Forces Base Unit from 1942 to 1945. He was a life-long member of the Masonic Order, Pacific-Starr King Lodge No. 136.

While he was working at Travellers Insurance, Bennett met and married Nyla Mae Sutter on Aug. 7, 1948. The young couple lived in and worked in San Francisco. After the birth of their first child, the Bennetts moved to Oakland. The family moved to Hayward in 1957. Bennett worked for Del Monte Corp. until he retired in 1988. The Bennetts moved to Truckee in 2000, where they discovered the stars shine brighter. Bennett was a devoted 49er fan and avid fisherman, and shared these interests with his children and grandchildren.

Bennett is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nyla; and his five children: Gail (Tony Delicino), Karen (Joe Hume), James (Kaye), Richard (Sue) and Bruce. Bennett was most proud of his family, which included grandchildren Brandi (Marcus), Ryan (Chelsea), Eric, Sandra, Joe (Bonnie), Phil, Chrissy, Nick, Alex and Erica; and great-grandchildren Braxton, Maysen and Nathan. He is also survived by his two sisters, Edith Rivasplata and Marita Randolph and their families.

The family is organizing a celebration of Bennett’s life for later this month.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the Paralyzed Veterans of America at (800) 555-9140.

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