Stanley Mertz Bennett

Stanley Mertz Bennett, 89, of Eagle Point, died March 21, 2009 at his home after a courageous battle with prostate cancer.
    
Mr. Bennett was born to George and Burdetta Bennett in Los Angeles, on Aug. 16, 1919.  At the age of 12, he moved with his grandparents to the Jerome Prairie area near Grants Pass. He graduated from Southern Oregon College of Education and from Oregon State College (OSU) where he majored in forestry.
 

He met Norma Jean Wertz at SOC (now SOU) and they were married in June
of 1947 at the Wertz Ranch at Climax, Oregon, following his military
service.
   
Mr. Bennett served in World War II and was station
in India and briefly in China. His career with the U.S. Forest Service
spanned 32 years, and included much-loved time on the lower Rogue River
area.
   
After completing his forestry degree, he served in
general forestry, engineering and lands management in North Central
Washington and on the Oregon coast. Afer retiring in 1975, the couple
returned to her family’s ranch in southern Oregon.
   
Mr.
Bennett was active in Boy Scouts and Scout leadership. As a child he
wore out a Scout manual before he was old enough to join the program.
He was active in Kiwanis in Corvallis and accepted Jesus Christ as his
Savior in the early years of his marriage.
   
He is survived
by his wife of 61 years, Norma, and their children, Steve Bennett of
Dallas, Ore. and Terri Hardin of Bellingham, Wash; a sister, Opal Tice
of Grants Pass and a brother, George Bennett of Battleground, Wash.;
seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
   
The
memorial service for Mr. Bennett was held at the Living Waters
Foursquare Church, which he attended, on Mar. 26. Memorial
contributions may be made to Living Waters Church, 2218 Roberts Road,
Medford, Ore 97504 or to Mexico Medical Missions, 4001 Country Road
114, Glenwood Springs, CO. 81601.
   
Arrangements by Perl Funeral Home.

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