David J. Bennett, 81, lifelong resident of Hartford City, passed away on January 10, 2022, at home, surrounded by family.
He was born on February 22, 1940, to Otto and Geneva (Beard) Bennett. Dave graduated from Hartford City High School in 1958, where he was a drummer in the band, and then attended Indiana State University.
Dave owned and operated Bennett Printing in Hartford City for 35 years. He served as a Hartford City Park Board member, was elected as a city councilman, was appointed to the Board of Works, and served as Mayor of Hartford City. Dave retired in 2009 from the City of Hartford City as Redevelopment Director.
He helped establish and served as President of the Blackford County Economic Development Corporation, was a past member of the Hartford City Chamber of Commerce, past President of Hartford City Kiwanis Club, and past board member of Blackford County Golf Club. Dave was a member of the Hartford City Elks Lodge #625 and an ordained deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Hartford City.
In his younger years, Dave loved to fish and sail Lake Erie on the Munchkin with his dear friends Bob and Nancy Barry. Dave loved photography, music, the water, local history and geography and he was a devoted Cubs fan, through thick and thin (usually thin).
Dave married Judith (Pugh) Bennett in August of 1963. She precedes him in death in February of 1990. He married Linda Seymour Bennett in January of 1993.
Survivors include his wife, Linda, daughters Cara (Steve Osborn) Bennett, Hartford City, Nell (Marc) Bennett-Halbig, Rio Rancho, NM, stepson Jeff (Mary) Seymour, Mt. Airy, MD, stepson Daniel (Jann) Seymour, Nashville, TN, stepdaughter Jennifer (Clint) Anderson, Antioch, IL.
Grandchildren include Alexandra Seymour, Washington DC, Adam Seymour, Mt. Airy, MD, Zayne Anderson, Nashville, TN, Luke Anderson, Louisville, KY, and Jeffrey Jordan Seymour, Nashville, TN.
Dave was preceded in death by his first wife, Judy, a son, Matthew David, his parents, Otto and Geneva, his brother Otto (Junior) Bennett and sister Betty Bennett Biggers.
Visitation and services will be held on Saturday, January 15 at the First Presbyterian Church, 111 W. Franklin Street in Hartford City. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with the service immediately after. Masks will be required. If you forget your mask, one will be provided. A private burial will follow at the Hartford City Cemetery.
Services are entrusted to Waters Funeral Home, Hartford City.
Memorials may be made in Dave’s memory to the First Presbyterian Church, the Blackford County Animal Shelter, or the Hartford City Elks #625.